Resources

Successful advocacy for Israel requires three things:

  • Information
  • Skills
  • A forum to advocate in.

Information Sources on Israel and the Middle East

Here are some links to websites that will keep you up to date on the information you need.

Arutz Sheva Israel Broadcasting Network
Israel Radio (twice daily audio news in English)
Globes (Israeli financial daily)
Jerusalem Post
Ha’Aretz English;
Jewish Telegraphic Agency
News From Israel (Clearing house for Israel news from the Israel Information Office in Scotland):
IDF Spokesman
Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Jewish Agency/World Zionist Organization Hasbara website has a host of articles and resources
Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs Bland title masks unexcelled site for in-depth briefing papers. The pro-Israel policy wonk’s dream! (JCPA)
Jerusalem University Online Offers courses on the history of the Land of Israel online. From ancient times to the present day. You can even get college credit for it!
The Middle East Media and Research Institute (monitors Palestinian and other Arab Media) (MEMRI):
Palestine Media Watch Translations and access to video and text material from the Palestinian Authority
Independent Media Review and Analysis (interviews and surveys take you behind the headlines) (IMRA):
Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs (JINSA)
American Israel Public Affairs Committee
Anti-Defamation League
CAMERA (Committee for Accuracy on Mid-East Reporting in America)
Honest Reporting media monitoring group with an international perspective
AICE (American-Israel Cooperative Enterprise) resource of myths and facts of the Arab-Israel conflict
The Coalition for the Defense of Human Rights Christian group campaigning against oppression of minorities in Muslim world.
Website of the American Anti-Slavery Group
The David Project grassroots pro-Israel advocacy with an accent on the broader issues of the conflict.
Mid-east Truth Cartoons collection of editorial cartoons about Israel and the middle-east (not all are subtle!) with links to even more.

Organizations Working with Students
on Israel Advocacy

Hasbara Fellowships Offers high-level training missions to Israel, activism conferences in North America, speaker and trainers for your campus, films, advice and other resources.
Honest Reporting for Campus spin off of the “adult” Honest Reporting, offers a forum for campus media activism and monitoring.
Caravan for Democracy brings speakers to campus, and tells you what to do with them when you get them there for maximum effect. Also provides information and ready-made campaigns and materials.
Hillel Along with your local campus chapter, the International Center in Washington DC offers a range of pro-Israel activities and resources.
Stand with Us Provides (amongst a host of other things) ready to print flyers and posters for campus.
Israel on Campus Coalition (ICC) Umbrella website for broad coalition of groups claiming to support Israel advocacy on campus. Some of them actually do!

Activism Resources for off Campus work

The Coalition for the Defense of Human Rights Christian group campaigning against oppression of minorities in Muslim world.
Website of the American Anti-Slavery Group
The David Project grassroots pro-Israel advocacy with an accent on the broader issues of the conflict.
Stand with Us Provides (amongst a host of other things) ready to print flyers and posters.

Books and materials list

More traditional sources of information offer depth and background that websites seldom can. Try these:

Amusing Ourselves to Death: Public Discourse in the age of Show Business
Neil Postman: Viking Penguin, 1986
The Siege: The Saga of Israel and Zionism
Connor Cruise O’Brien: Simon and Schuster, 1986
In the Path of God: Islam and Political Power
Daniel Pipes: Basic Books, 1985
Dhimmi: Jews and Christians under Islam
Bat Ye’or: Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, 1998
The Crisis of Islam: Holy War and Unholy Terror
Bernard Lewis: Random House, 2003
Hasbara Handbook: Promoting Israel on Campus
The World Union of Jewish Students (WUJS) Israel advocacy handbook
This handbook is a complete resource for those dealing with attacks on Israel on campus; those who wish to learn the arguments about the current situation in the Middle East, and for those interested in learning how to campaign effectively on campus. The Hasbara Handbook contains sections on the principles of Israel advocacy, the skills needed for effective Israel advocacy, and the common accusations made against Israel, and how to rebut them. Sadly the WUJS site no longer hosts it, but the entire book, in PDF format suitable for printing, can be downloaded from here.

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