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Straight Facts Volume #21

In this edition of Straight Facts, we look at the US withdrawal from the UN Human Rights Council, the devastation caused to the environment by war and much more.

October 30, 2018



Dear Chaverot,

I hope this find you well.

The temperatures are dropping and the kids have gone back to school – and we are fast approaching the most dangerous time of the year – Chanukah. Calorific treats are winding their way across the country to the dismayed groans of dieters everywhere. Chanukah is an enduring symbol of light over dark, triumph over challenges.

Israel faces its fair share of challenges and in this edition of Straight Facts we look at some of the myths and facts about the conflict, political anti-Semitism, the extraordinary US Ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley and more.

Comments and feedback – and articles you would like to see included are always welcome.

I hope this serves you.

Warm regards

Rolene Marks

World WIZO Executive: Public Diplomacy & Hasbara

+ 972 52 582 909

10 Myths and Facts about the Arab-Israeli Conflict:

There is a lot of conflicting information about the Arab-Israeli conflict – this article, written by World WIZO Executive member, Public Diplomacy & Hasbara, Rolene Marks:


The Rise of Political Anti-Semitism

Anti-Semitism is known to rear its ugly head in various guises and the latest worrying manifestation is how it has infiltrated the highest echelons of government. This is evident in the UK where the once venerable Labour party is facing alarming criticism for many allegations of anti-Semitism. Read more for the Algemeiner here:


Why UNRWA’s Funding Should Be Cut

UNRWA (United Nations Relief Works Agency) was originally established to provide humanitarian aid to Palestinians following the 1948 War of Independence. The agency has eroded into a tool for terror organisations to use as a vehicle for incitement or storage for weapons. Read this compelling argument about why funding to UNRWA should be cut:

Do US Students Fear that Universities Have an Anti-Semitism Problem?

One of the most alarming battlefields today is the university campus. Pro-Israel or Jewish students are often the targets for hatred, venom and sometimes violence – and this is not just restricted to students who call for boycotts and discriminate but faculty as well. Clearly, there is a grave problem. Please read this heartfelt op-ed penned by Talia Katz, student at the University of Michigan


Honouring the Extraordinary Nikki Haley

The exceptional Nikki Haley recently announced that she would be resigning from her role as US Ambassador to the United Nations. Ambassador Haley has not just been a phenomenal friend to Israel, but also a formidable force in pursuing justice and human rights for all. Let’s have a look at her finest moments:


Intriguing Podcast Series

It is a podcast series that has hooked listeners in the UK. Follow the intriguing true story of the hunt for an elusive Nazi. Listen to the entire series here – warning, you may get hooked!


Would you like to submit an article for inclusion in Straight Facts? All languages are welcome! Email Rolene Marks, World WIZO Executive: Public Diplomacy & Hasbara


Tel.: + 972 52 582 9090