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The StandWithUs Israel In Focus 2015 Student Conference will take place from
November 11th - 13th, 2016 in Los Angles, California.

Thanks to a generous grant from the Adam and Gila Milstein Family Foundation,
Israel in Focus is subsidized for North American student leaders on college campuses.

The conference fee is $120, which includes hotel, Glatt Kosher meals, and the program fee.

StandWithUs offers a limited subsidy on flights for up to $200, first come, first served. 

This year`s speakers include:

Hussein Aboubakr

Hussein Aboubakr Mansour was born in 1989 in Cairo, Egypt. He was a self-described reclusive internet nerd, obsessed with comic books and the like. The ultimate villains in the local lore he was steeped in during his youth were the “bloodthirsty Zionists”, so Hussein began to study the supposed enemies of his people.
Hussein studied Hebrew at Cairo University, but did not adapt to the curriculum which was the official anti-Israel and anti-Semitic rhetoric of the regime. Hussein was persecuted by the Egyptian State Police for being the first visitor to check out books and watching films at the Israeli Academic Center of Cairo. He was surveillanced, harassed, jailed and tortured for his studies of Israel. When the Egyptian Revolution swept in 2011, Hussein became an organizer in Tahrir Square. By 2012 the secret police of Mohammad Morsi`s Muslim Brotherhood regime again began harassing and persecuting Hussein, and he was sent to a military detention facility where he was tortured for his contacts with Israelis and writings expressing hopes for coexistence and peace between the two peoples. He received asylum in the United States in 2014 and now teaches as an Assistant Professor of Hebrew Studies.

Chen Cohen

Chen Cohen 31, is a key protagonist in Israel`s well-known animal rights movement.  He explains how Israel has become a leader in the animal rights movement and for plant-based eating.  It has the world`s highest per capita vegan population. The IDF offers vegan food and clothing options and Israel bans foi gras and circuses and rodeos with live animals.  An Israeli NGO is culturing chicken meat, SUPERMEAT.  The prime Minister touts meatless Mondays and even the President is a vegetarian.  Chen has organized marches with Jews, Muslims and Christians that attract 10, 000 people.  He explains how Israel made this transition and what lessons it may offer.  Although Chen has a degree in electrical and computer engineering and is a software engineer, he decided to make a shift, leave his work in a High Tech company (NICE) and become a full time activist for the animals.  

His 15-minute presentation at the Animal Rights 2016 Conference is available here:

Muhammed Zoabi

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Muhammad was born in Israel to a Muslim family from Nazareth. He is a member of one of the Israeli society`s largest, most influential Arab clans. He came into the public eye during Israel`s Operation against Hamas in Gaza in the summer of 2014. His video posted on his personal Facebook page calling for the release of the three Israeli teenage boys who were kidnapped by Palestinian terrorists and later found murdered, went viral. Since then, he has been using his personal Social Media platforms in order to educate and reach out to people with positive information about Israel. Muhammad is currently studying in a pre-army college and will be joining the Israeli Defense Forces in 2017. He is a strong advocate for Israel and the example for co-existence and democracy he believes it leads in the Middle East region. He works for StandWithUs as an Israel educator in order to inform and empower people around the world about Israel.   

 Einat Wilf

Dr. Einat Wilf, a Senior Fellow with the Jewish People Policy Institute and the Baye Foundation Adjunct Fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, was Chair of the Education, Sports and Culture Committee, Chair of the Knesset Sub-Committee for Israel and the Jewish People, and Member of the influential Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee in the 18th Knesset. Previously, Dr. Wilf served as Foreign Policy Advisor to Vice Prime Minister Shimon Peres and a strategic consultant with McKinsey & Company. Born and raised in Israel, Dr. Wilf served as an Intelligence Officer in the Israel Defense Forces. Dr. Wilf is the author of three books that explore key issues in Israeli society. Dr. Wilf has a BA in Government and Fine Arts from Harvard University, an MBA from INSEAD in France, and a PhD in Political Science from the University of Cambridge.

Daniel Hernandez Jr.

Daniel Hernandez Jr, was an intern for the office of Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords of Arizona`s Eighth Congressional District. While on the job assisting Giffords with a constituent event in Tucson on January 8, 2011, Daniel took actions for which he is widely credited with saving her after a gunman shot her and 18 other people. His medical training, quick thinking, and brave actions on that day have caused him to be celebrated as a true American hero, although he humbly rejects the title.He was an honored guest of the President and First Lady during the 2011 State of the Union address. He also addressed President Obama and a crowd of more than 27,000 people and over 500 international media outlets at the “Tucson: Together we Thrive” memorial on January 12, 2011.

Daniel has conducted more than 1100 media interviews in English and Spanish with local, state, national and international outlets. Appearances include: ABC`s This Week, NBC`s Today Show, MSNBC`s Rachel Maddow Show, The Fox Report, Univision`s Al Punto, BBC World Service`s Outlook program, GQ, NPR`s Tell Me More, Time, People, CNN`s Piers Morgan Tonight, CBS`s Early Show, and the Washington PostAs campaign manager he managed all aspects of the campaign including coordination with other candidates from legislative, statewide, and congressional races. In 2010 Daniel served on the City of Tucson`s LGBT Issues Commission.

He is dedicated to student advocacy and political activism. He served as a director on the Arizona Students` Association`s Board of Directors and advocated for affordable and accessible higher education for all Arizonans. At the University of Arizona, Daniel has served in leadership positions with the Residence Hall Association and the Arizona Students` Association. Daniel attended public schools in Tucson`s Sunnyside Unified School District where he received his training in certified nursing and phlebotomy. He ran for and won a seat on the school board at Sunnyside at the age of 21.

The Application for the StandWithUs Israel in Focus 2016 Conference are now CLOSED!

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