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Exploring The Complexities Of The Arab Israeli Conflict

Is there a future for the Two State Solution?

BY GABRIEL KLAPHOLZ, ROSE GINSBURG AND AARON SIFF-SCHERR

 Thursday, the Write On students began their day at the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA). The 43 students had the privilege to hear first from Ron Gerstenfeld, Deputy Director of Public Affairs at the MFA. Gerstenfeld provided a history of the Boycott Divestment Sanctions (BDS) movement. He explained how the founder of the organization, Omar Barghouti, was born in Qatar and studied at Tel Aviv University. Gerstenfeld called it “hypocrisy” that Barghouti lives in Israel proper, what he calls an apartheid state. And while BDS claims to support a two-state solution, Barghouti has said otherwise, advocating for a one-state solution, explained Gerstenfeld. The speaker also offered the students ways to promote Israel’s position on campus but focused more on how to limit BDS’s effect on business.

READ THE FULL ARTICLE AT THE NY JEWISH WEEK HERE.

Write on for Israel students at the Ministry Of Foreign Affairs on Thursday, February 23, 2017. JW/Linda Scherzer

Write on for Israel students at the Ministry Of Foreign Affairs on Thursday, February 23, 2017. JW/Linda Scherzer