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Pittsburgh Hosts Seminar for Israel Advocates

by Anonymous |Feb 04, 2011|Comments
Raslan Abu Rukun.

Raslan Abu Rukun, the Deputy Consul General at the Consulate General of Israel, will speak at the Hillel JUC this weekend.

From Friday to Sunday this weekend, Hillel JUC will draw over 70 students from 10 local universities for its advocacy training workshop a three-day program co-sponsored with Israel education organization The David Project to teach students how to respond to negative messages about Israel spreading on campuses. Deputy Consul General of Israel Raslan Abu Rukun, a Druze Israeli, will be the special guest speaker.

Rukun is the first non-Jewish Israeli to be named Deputy Consul General. While most Israel advocacy in this country comes from Jews, Rukun represents a non-Jewish voice educating others about his country.

"I will speak about the challenges Israel faces in the Middle East and international arenas," said Rukun, calling from his office in Philadelphia. "Israel advocacy is very important today. In the last few years, we see an increasing process of the delegitimizing of Israel, and a lot of it is coming from inside college campuses. It is alright to criticize Israel we have a lot of criticisms from inside the country but it's not right to boycott or sanction."

Read more: The Jewish Chronicle - Over 70 students converge in Pittsburgh for Israel advocacy weekend

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