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JEWISH NEWS, JANUARY 16, 2004 PAGE 13 photo by Brian Hendler/JTA ! Dershowitz talks to students from the U.S. at a conference on advocacy in Jerusalem, 2003. Dershowitz stressed to the students how important it is to support Israel on campuses. campus a personal narrative Dershowitz took to the stage. that helps them explain the "I want you to change the :RUSALEM (JTA)--To conflict to others, said the or- world. Iwantyou to be my co- ganizers, who included the counsel for Israel," said Jewish Agency for Israel, the Dershowitz, whorecentlypub- seem impos- World Union of Jewish Stu- lished an advocacy guide, The provocative, dents and Israel's Ministry of Case for Israel. "I've never had from a nearby over-Diaspora Affairs. a client more innocent or un- shows how closely Among the 300 Hillel stu- justly accused than Israel." and Palestinian areas dentsatthesummitweresome Dershowitz reminded stu- interlaced, however, the 80 U.S. student leaders on a dents that they had the free- appear more corn- specialadvocacy trainingmis- dom to defend or criticize the that view sion co-sponsored by the country, just as Israelis do, America Israel Public Affairs buturgedthemtostandupfor case for Israel Committee. Israel. He spokeofthetrepida- upon their Most mornings on their 12- tionamongJewishfacultyand day trip, they rose at dawn to students to speak out in sup- of the Global read Israeli newspapers and port of Israel and urged sum- Student Leadership hone their media- analysis mit participants to lead by ex- it, held earlier this skills, ample. l, said that exploring the The students traveled the "It's an uphill fight," he told of Israel in per- length ofthe country meeting the crowd. "Go to it and rock the ground is the both Israelis and Palestinians the world." way to reach and were coached on dealing Students said the experi- as Is- with media. Video cameras encewouldhelpthembemore ian fighting en- were set up to record them as effective advocates at home. Israel they practiced interviewing "We are not trying to be unpopular on many and public-speaking skills, reactionary, we are trying to "Campuses. Mock panel discussions get information about the I the ability were held and students took problems," said Dalit Ballen, to their campuses turns playing interviewer and 21, who is studying for a joint every sentence withinterviewee, and even prac- degree at Columbia Univer- fromlsrael,' ticed speaking to hostile sity and the Jewish Theologi- the New crowds, cal Seminary. representative of At the final morning of the Ballen, who was one of the the student studentsummit, wearingbase- students on the Israel advo- Hadassah. "It givesball caps and sweatshirts with cacy mission, said taking on bility." their university logos, students Israel advocacy feels like "an students on the clapped, cheered and took overwhelming feeling of re- be able to bring tonotes as attorney Alap sponsibility"---especiallysince CONVENTION/PARTY ROOM RENTAl. 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Being in Israel, Ballen said, gives the students information for intelligent arguments in the often heated discussions at Columbia--especially with faculty members, many of whom have been especially outspoken against Israel. Ballen's friend Baylene Wacks, also 21 and from South Florida, said coming to Israel will boost her advocacy efforts at George Washington Univer- sity-where she said student apathy, not anti-lsrael senti- ment, is the major problem. "Now we can say, 'Yes, I spoke to Knesset members and here is what is going on." I learned about the moral code used by the" Israeli army, Wacks said. "It gives us a bet- ter foundation, hearing people within Israel." The summit emphasized positive associations with Is- rael. Blue and white T-shirts emblazoned with, "I Love Is- rael. I Want Peace" on the front and "I am a Zionist" on the back were sold. Students are planning to sell the shirts at their home campuses. "We are trying to reclaim Zionism" to show that it's not "a fanatical nationalistic move- ment," Friedman said. Pins were passed out with the logo "Love Is Real," a cam- paign launched by Hillel and chaired by famed sex therapist Ruth Westheimer. The plan is for students to use the pins as a conversation starter about Israel. Students have been encouraged to se- iect at least one person on cam- pus to give the pin to and share a "love story" from the trip to Israel. Each participant also sent a postcard with the logo to a friend back home who has never been to Israel. In an at- tempt to give a human face to the Jewish state, students are expected to select a vignette from the trip--praying at the Western Wall, say, or develop- ing a taste for olives--and share it with friends and peers, said Wayne Firestone, direc- tor of Hillel's Center for Israel Affairs. "We have to win over the hearts of young people by deal- ing with their emotional at- tachment to this place," he said. "We want to make sure they don't lose the fire" upon returning home. Avraham Infeld, Hillel's in- terim president, was a driving force behind the campaign. "Students in general listen much more to their peers," Infeld said. If the summiteers share their stories, "it will have an amazing effect." In addition, being in Israel is the ultimate motivator for students to stay active for Is- rael, he said. "It gives them motivation not to wait for Arab propa- ganda to react," Infeld said, "but to be proactive and share their stories." PHOTOGRAPHY H O "r o ,= ~,=,! .0a~sCr~ sado mctt a4pe~ quay, and smce Located in the Albertson's Lake MaW, Florido ~ Holiday Parties Weddings Birthdays Anniversaries Children's Parties Special Events Bus. Mtgs./Seminar Rooms Avail. Lakeside/Poolside/Penthouse/Catering Full Banquet Facilities & Hotel Rooms Daily/Weekend Rates ****UNDER NEW OWNERSHIP***** For Reservations Call Today 407-834-7631 Terrie A. 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