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Straight Facts Volume #23

This edition of Straight Facts features an in depth look at how Germany is tackling rising anti-Semitism, human rights icon Natan Sharansky’s 3d lens, insights from veteran journalist Matti Friedman and much more

February 05, 2019


Dear Chaverot,

It was a pleasure to see many of you at the Meeting of Representatives and I look forward to seeing you at the EGM next year. It is my absolute delight to bring you the first edition of Straight Facts for 2019. A reminder that if you are ever i need of content or training, please do not hesitate to contact me.

In this edition of Straight Facts, we take an in depth look at how Germany is tackling rising anti-Semitism, examine human rights icon, Natan Sharansky’s 3d lens, hear from veteran journalist Matti Friedman and more.

If you need any information or help in any way, please do not hesitate to contact me.

I hope this serves you.

Warm regards

Rolene Marks

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

+ 972 52 580 9090

How is Germany Tackling Anti-Semitism?

Antisemitism is rising around the world and Jews in Germany have experienced several alarming incidents over the last year. In 2018 Germany appointed the diplomat Dr. Felix Klein to the newly created post of Federal Government Commissioner for Jewish Life in Germany and the Fight against Antisemitism. Read here to see how Germany is tackling antisemitism:


Anti-Semitism Through the 3d-lens

The iconic human rights icon and uber-Zionist, Natan Sharansky, says that we can measure antisemitism through what he calls the “3d lens”. In this article, Rolene Marks examines antisemitism around the world and the 3d lens in this op-ed:


NGO Monitor Report on Airbnb

Human Rights Watch is one of the propagators behind Airbnb’s campaign to delist from Jewish-owned properties in the West Bank. NGO monitor compiled this report which exposes the discriminatory intentions of this campaign:


How International Iinstitutions are Failing Israel:

International institutions devoted to promoting peace and cooperation are admirable in theory but in practice, during 2018, two of them — the United Nations and the International Atomic Energy Agency — have failed to live up to their founding principles and protect Israel. Read more about how these institutions are failing Israel here:


Veteran journalist explains how the media distort the Israel story – Video clip

The media have a decidedly skewed view when it comes to covering Israel. Veteran journalist and bestselling author, Matti Friedman, explains how it works behind the scenes in this illuminating lecture:


Bonus: The Israel Brief with Rolene Marks

Want your daily news from Israel delivered straight to your device of choice? Rolene Marks, World WIZO Executive in charge of Public Diplomacy has launched a channel called the Israel Brief. You can subscribe by clicking on the link below or click on the bell icon for notifications. The Israel Brief is also hilighted on Facebook on the Lay of the Land Facebook page. (


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 52 580 9090