Whippany, NJ, January 16, 2013 — Back by popular demand, the Israel Advocacy Summit, a forum for learning tools to counter assaults on Israel’s legitimacy, will take place from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. on Sunday, February 3, at the Alex Aidekman Family Jewish Community Campus, 901 Rt. 10, Whippany.
Itamar Marcus, founder and director, Palestinian Media Watch, and Michael Curtis, author of Should Israel Exist? A Sovereign Nation Under Attack by the International Community, will be the keynote speakers.
Participants will interact with experts from leading advocacy organizations who will address the dangers Israel faces and provide attendees with the tools to speak up for Israel with confidence. Panel discussions will teach participants how to respond to misinformation and false accusations at the UN as well as about the anti-Israel Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement, college campus advocacy, media monitoring, and advocacy at the local state, and national levels.
One of the foremost authorities on Palestinian ideology and policy, Marcus was appointed by the Israel Government [in 1999] to represent Israel in negotiations with the Palestinian Authority on incitement. He has presented analyses of Palestinian ideologies to members of the U.S. Congress and Senate, the Canadian, British, French, German, Norwegian, Swiss, Dutch and Australian parliaments, and members of the European Parliament. He gives analysis on the full range of world TV news.
Distinguished professor emeritus of political science at Rutgers University, Curtis is highly regarded as an expert in several fields — political theory, comparative government, European politics and the Middle East, and the history of anti-Semitism. He was one of the first to discuss the tangled web of the interconnections between religion and politics in the Muslim world in Religion and Politics in the Middle East. For many years, he was the president of American Professors for Peace in the Middle East and editor of the Middle East Review.
Panelists include: Lauren Applebaum, director of US Communications, The Israel Project; David Dabscheck, deputy managing director, Israel Action Network; Rabbi Noam Marans, director of Interreligious and Intergroup Relations, AJC; Elliot Mathias, executive director, Hasbara Fellowships; David Michaels, director of United Nations and Intercommunal Affairs, B’nai B’rith International; and Steve Stotsky, senior research analyst, CAMERA.
Free and open to the public, the summit is being sponsored by the Community Relations Committee of Jewish Federation of Greater MetroWest NJ and AJC/NJ in partnership with area synagogues and organizations.
Jewish Federation of Greater MetroWest NJ stands at the center of a network of partner agencies dedicated to providing comprehensive social services and meeting the educational, vocational, recreational, and social needs of Jews locally, in Israel, and in 70 countries around the world. Responding to emergency and disaster situations around the world is another important part of the Federation mission.