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ALL MODULES

MODULE 01

The History of Israel, Zionism, and the Conflicts

 

1. From Ancient to Modern

Monday 4th October – 7pm

To understand the modern-day conflict, one must understand the history of both Jewish and Arab connection to the land. Diving deep into Jewish history, this session will cover Jewish indigeneity and historic presence in the land, both the Babylonian and Roman exiles, and the roots of Zionism. We will also trace rule of Judea/Palestine post-exile, which will bring us to Islamic conquest and the beginning of Arab/Muslim connection to the land.

2. Zionism and Jewish Statehood

Monday 11th October – 7pm
As we enter modern times, the territory rests in the hands of the Ottoman Empire, and we start to see the rise of nationalism in Europe. With that as our backdrop, here we will uncover the evolution of the Jewish national movement, discuss key Zionist figures, and their efforts to gain support for a Jewish State. Lastly, we will examine the impact of WWI, the Mandate period, attempts at partition, and resulting statehood.

3. The Rise and Decline of the Arab-Israeli Conflict

Monday 18th October – 7pm
The War of Independence in 1948 will result in a Jewish State, and an aftermath of both new territorial boundaries and refugees. We also see ongoing Arab-rejectionism, which eventually will lead to both the Six Day and the Yom Kippur Wars. We will discuss all these issues and wrap up this session by discussing Israel’s peace treaties and warming relations with the Arab world today.

4. The Evolution of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

Monday 25th October – 7pm
From the aftermath of the nakba (the Catastrophe) in 1948, a new distinct people will emerge: the Palestinians. In this session we will dive deep into the evolution of the Palestinian National identity and movement, their terror actions taken against the state, and the numerous attempts Israel had made in the last 30 years to negotiate a peaceful settlement with their leaders.

MODULE 02

A Taste of Activism

 

1. Fundamentals of Israel Activism

Monday 1st November – 7pm
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. Antisemitism Then and Now

Monday 8th November – 7pm
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.

3. Zionism Today

Monday 15th November – 7pm
With Gil Troy. More information to come.  

4. Concepts & Misconceptions about Israel, Zionism, and the Jews

Monday 22nd November – 7pm
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.

MODULE 03

The Disputed Territories

 

1. Diving Deeper into the West Bank: History & Legality

Monday 7th February – 7pm

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. Diving Deeper into the West Bank: Settlements & Current Policy

Monday 14th February – 7pm

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.

3. Understanding the Gaza Strip: History and Hamas’ War Against Israel

Monday 21st February – 7pm

With Gil Troy. More information to come.  

4. The Complexity of Eastern Jerusalem

Monday 28th February – 7pm

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.

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MODULE 04

Becoming a Campus Activist

1. Israel Activism on UK Campuses

Monday 7th March – 7pm

Details to come

2. Effective Dialogue: How to Answer Questions and Discuss Israel

Monday 14th March – 7pm

In today’s world conversations on political issues have become more and more polarizing; this is even more true when discussing the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The purpose of this session is to provide the audience with the tools needed to create productive and effective dialogue surrounding this issue. Participants will be taught a strategy and given methods aiding them in this endeavour, hopefully making them more confident in their abilities to talk about Israel and the Palestinians.

3. Be a Champion on Social Media

Monday 21st March – 7pm

In the last ten years, social media has become the new front line in Israel activism. This presentation will introduce you to the world of social media and how it has impacted the world. Together we will explore the best tools and practices for each platform and learn how to use social media to make your voice heard by focusing on effective and organic content creation.

4. Grill the Expert: Answers to the Toughest Questions about Israel

Monday 28th March – 7pm

Zionists around the world are consistently challenged with questions about Israel and often they struggle to respond. This panel discussion will allow the audience to ask the most difficult questions they have faced and receive answers from experts 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.

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