Countering anti-Israel rhetoric with truth

Wednesday, March 15, 2017
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Bob Kellogg (OneNewsNow.com)

Israeli flagTeams of Israeli soldiers are visiting college campuses around the U.S. in hopes of countering the misinformation many students are getting from pro-Palestinian groups.

To help American students better understand the Israeli-Arab conflict, six teams of two reserve-duty Israeli soldiers speak on campuses and high schools nationwide to share their military experiences and answer questions. Eden and Ido, college students who are former IDF soldiers, spoke with OneNewsNow about their campus visits.

"I love my country; I love Israel – and I feel like justice is not being done with it on the media and around the world in general," says the 25-year-old woman. "The situation is very complex, and it's easy to hear just one side of the story. But my main goal is to educate about the conflict."

Ido is also a veteran who believes the program is making a difference by showing students that Israelis aren't genocidal brutes.

"We're getting some incredible questions, actually," he shares. "We are expecting specific questions but nonetheless we are surprised every time by students who really care. They know a lot and they ask questions about relevant stuff."

The speaking tour is sponsored by StandWithUs, a pro-Israel educational group based in California. Branded as "Between the Lines: Voices of Israel," the program just concluded its ninth annual tour after speaking to thousands of students and community leaders in February.

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