Standing With Israel

This article was first published as “From ‘chillaxing’ to rockets, teens get earful on Israel” in JWeekly.

Ran Bar-Yoshafat and Ranya Fadel

How do two Israelis get a couple of dozen 13- to 15-year-olds to understand that not everything they read or hear about Israel is true?

That was the task facing Ranya Fadel, 34, and Ran Bar-Yoshafat, 28, at the Oshman Family JCC in Palo Alto on Feb. 25. The next day, the duo went at it again in front of a slightly older audience at the Jewish Community High School of the Bay in San Francisco.

“People will attack you because you are connected to Israel, so it is important to be educated, to visit Israel first-hand, to be in dialogue with Israelis and to maintain your ties with the country,” Bar-Yoshafat told the members of Club Z, a group of Peninsula teens who meet regularly to learn about Israel.

“When I hear people call Israel an apartheid country, it really bothers me,” added Fadel, a Druze woman who was raised in northern Israel. When an untrue statement like that is made, she said, it negatively affects all citizens of Israel, including non-Jews like her.

Fadel, who has a B.A. in political science from Bar-Ilan University, and Bar-Yoshafat, a lawyer studying for an MBA, spoke to the teens on a StandWithUs-sponsored tour of the Bay Area. The Los Angeles–based Israel education nonprofit also had the duo speaking in front of adult audiences at San Jose State University, U.C. Berkeley, U.C. Davis and the state Capitol in Sacramento.

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© 2012 Renee Ghert-Zand. All rights reserved.


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