We want to make clear that coexistence isn’t just possible—it’s been real in Israel for decades. It is time for young Americans to hear our story.
SAN FRANCISCO (PRWEB)
October 11, 2017
Reservists on Duty (RoD), a pro-Israel organization founded to combat anti-Semitism on college campuses, will begin their two-week-long ‘Arabs Breaking the Silence’ tour on Oct. 16, focusing on five speakers with diverse backgrounds from the Arab community in Israel. These speakers, comprised of Christians, Muslims, Druze, Bedouins and Palestinians—including one from the West Bank, will share their experiences living in Israel and serving in the Israel Defense Forces. The speaking tour includes engagements in colleges and communities across the United States in California, Arizona, Minnesota, Pennsylvania and New York, covering 12 locations over some 4,000 miles.
“We are here to tell the truth about Israel: a diverse country with patriotic citizens who are Bedoiun, Druze, Arab, Christian, Muslim, and more. We are proud IDF veterans and Israeli citizens who know firsthand how our country treats minority groups with respect and compassion,” said Mohammed Kabiya, a Muslim Israeli-Bedouin IDF veteran. “We want to make clear that coexistence isn’t just possible—it’s been real in Israel for decades. It is time for young Americans to hear our story.”
RoD has been active on American campuses in coordination with Students Supporting Israel (SSI), especially during the Boycott, Divest and Sanction Movement’s (BDS) “Apartheid Week,” to correct the BDS narrative of Israel. The upcoming tour departs from previous ones that focused on contesting BDS propoganda.
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