This course will include the following four sessions, each an hour long, providing the participants with an in-depth understanding of Israel activism, antisemitism, and how to respond to anti-Zionist claims.
1. Fundamentals of Israel Activism — MAY 5
This up-to-date presentation is an introduction to the world of Israel Activism, and will cover current trends and basic tools needed to tackle the challenges we face. Those challenges include an active global BDS movement, its’ on campus activity, as well as increasing antisemitism manifesting on both the right and left, specifically through the rise of white supremacy and the use of intersectionality, respectively. In addition, we will discuss when criticism of Israel is legitimate and when it becomes antisemitic. To wrap up we will learn how to tell Israel’s compelling story and lay the foundation for effective dialogue.
2. Concepts & Misconceptions about Israel, Zionism, and the Jews — MAY 12
This practical presentation discusses core concepts and misconceptions regarding Israel, Zionism, and the Jewish people, and provides the audience with the tools needed to explain these topics to those less informed. Moreover, we will also tackle the core claims made against Israel’s right to exist, providing the necessary knowledge and skills to challenge those arguments, and ultimately show how these expressions of Anti-Zionism are in fact antisemitism.
3. Antisemitism Then and Now — MAY 19
Understanding antisemitism and how it has manifested throughout history is no easy task. In this presentation we will explore the current definition of antisemitism, how it has been expressed historically, and how is presents itself today. Specifically discussing the way in which anti-Zionism can be a form of antisemitism, and how scapegoating has been a core feature of this hatred from time immemorial.
4. Grill the Expert: Answering Tough Questions about Israel — MAY 26
Zionists around the world are consistently challenged with questions about Israel and often they struggle to respond. This practical workshop will allow the audience to ask the most difficult questions they have faced and receive answers rooted in the facts, as well be given the tools to respond effectively to the different audiences they may encounter. Topics that are covered usually include the claim of stolen land, Apartheid, occupation, settlements, roots of the conflict, and many others.