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Straight Facts #9

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January 29, 2017

Shalom Chaverot,

I would like to take the opportunity to wish you all a very Happy New Year! May 2017 be filled with abundance in every way and peace for our beloved State of Israel.

In this issue of Straight Facts, there is a BDS Toolkit, designed to help you understand and answer some of the accusations surrounding BDS, David Harris of the AJC askes the question do Palestinians really want a State and are they going about it the right way, a former student warns his sister about the perils of anti-Israel activists on campus, UN watch’s Hillel Neuer writes an open letter to US Ambassador to the UN, Samantha Power, and so much more.

L’Chaim to a productive 2017!

As always, your comments and feedback is welcome at

Warm regards,

Rolene Marks
World WIZO Executive: Public Diplomacy & Hasbara - Office of the Chairperson

BDS Toolkit

What is BDS (Boycott, Divestment and sanctions)? What are the accusations that they level at Israel and what is their modus operandi? How do we deal with the lies that BDS spread? In this very concise toolkit that I have compiled for World WIZO, we look at the various aspects of the BDS movement. There are links to sites and articles that may be helpful.


Do the Palestinians want a state – David Harris, AJC

Do the Palestinians want a state? David Harris asks this question, “Instead of obsessively and relentlessly focusing only on Israeli actions, why aren’t UN Security Council members asking the Palestinians to explain seven decades of avoiding a settlement of the conflict on terms satisfactory to both parties?”. Read more:


A letter to my younger sibling

The Tower Magazines Peri Feldstein pens this emotional tome to her siblings explain what they can look forward to and what to be prepared for as they start University. For the complete article, click on the link below:


Secretary Kerry Applauds Alongside Ambassador Power Ban Ki-moon Isaac Herzog and Danny Danon Before Delivering Speech at U.N. Herzog Commemoration in New York 22767618560


An open letter to US Ambassador to the UN from Hillel Neuer

The Executive Director of UN watch, Hillel Neuer, writes this open letter to the US Ambassador to the UN, Samantha Power, and eloquently explains why abstaining on the Resolution 2334 undermines possible negotiations for peace and puts the US firmly in the camp of the jackals. Read more below:


A mature, self-confident nation!

It is not all doom and gloom! The National Posts’ Robert Fulford salutes Israel for her achievements:


South Africans debunk Israel = Apartheid Myth

There is no better way to debunk the heinous Apartheid canard than by visiting Israel. This double feature showcases articles by a variety of students, some former BDS supporters, who have visited the Jewish State and changed their minds. Please share as wide as possible:


Lack of Transparency – HonestReporting (video)

In the final clip in their series “Red Lines” , HonestReporting  speaks to leading journalists about the importance of transparency in media coverage, especially in the volatile Middle East. View the clip here: