IAN is proud to announce the debut of “The Playbook,” a detailed, step-by-step guide intended to provide students with a resource for countering anti-Israel activity. Developed by the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago and the Jewish United Fund’s (JUF) Israel Education Center, in partnership with IAN and the Israel on Campus Coalition, this document will help support students to positively and professionally change the conversation about Israel. Read More.
The Aftermath of IAW
Thanks to the hard work of many pro-Israel students, Israeli Apartheid Week (IAW) which took place across North American university campuses this month had minimal impact. By embracing peaceful and positive Israel messaging, activists were able to counter hate in a productive way that opened the door to increased dialogue and understanding. IAW, which is a week-long series of events seeking to stifle dialogue about Israel and promote an anti-Israel agenda, is now in its eighth year.
The successful efforts of pro-Israel students represents a new, adaptable model that campuses and communities can implement when responding to IAW or similar instances. Israel advocates create alternate programming that counters hate, rather than directly respond and in turn, amplify the message of the opposition. Read More.
The Obama-Netanyahu Meeting: Implications for Iran
The issue of whether or not Israel or the U.S. will attack Iran continues to be a matter of daily concern. For this reason, IAN, together with JFNA and JCPA, convened a community teleconference with David Makovsky, the Ziegler Distinguished Fellow and Director of the Project of Middle East Peace at the Washington Institute and Ha'aretz Editor-in-Chief Aluf Benn to analyze the latest developments following Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and President Obama's meeting last week. Read More.
IAN Hits the Road
IAN would like to thank the Columbus Jewish Federation for welcoming IAN Deputy Managing Director, David Dabscheck, to address the Federation’s Community Board on Feb. 29.
Dabscheck spoke to over 40 participants on the growing international unrest surrounding Iran's nuclear weapons capability, as well as the delegitimization of Israel through the "BDS" Movement (Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions), specifically within the Presbyterian Church. As part of this community mobilization, Dabscheck worked closely with Federation leaders to develop strategies to address these critical issues that can be implemented within the community. This included emphasizing the crucial role of community relations by building a strong foundation of relationships within various government, interfaith and local agencies that can be called upon in times of crises.
Additionally, Dabscheck met with representatives from Ohio State University to discuss how these issues have affected their communities, as well as with local leaders from the Israel Action Network committee to develop strategic goals for the year ahead.
Methodist Pension Board Says “No” to Israel Targeted Divestment Proposal
United Methodist General Board of Pension and Health Benefits (GBPHB) unanimously resolved to oppose divestment of securities in three companies that have been targeted for doing business in Israel and the Palestinian territories.
Several bodies in the United Methodist Church have proposed divesting from Caterpillar, Motorola Solutions and Hewlett-Packard. GBPHB concluded that after careful review of information from all sides of the controversial issue that the church should retain their shares in all three companies. Read More.
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Israeli President Shimon Peres recently became the first Israeli leader to star in a music video with his song "Be My Friend For Peace." Source.