Young people today expect more from their tours in Israel

Yachad youth worker Amos Schonfield says we must embrace the debate — not shut it down — if we want young people to care about Israel

The Jewish Chronicle, July 05 2018

“We have made significant progress here in the UK, in partnership with youth movements and other communal organisations, in broadening the scope of content on organised Israel tour programmes, but there is still much more to be done.

The participants I led on the Yachad Student Trip last year visited the unrecognised village of Umm al-Khair and met young Bedouin Palestinians who hadn’t slept for two weeks because their tents had been pelted with rocks by neighbouring settlers.

They came home emboldened, wanting to work for a more just Israel and to give their time and money to those that are doing the same.

This is what commitment to Israel looks like today, and these tired itineraries that stifle debate are in dire need of a facelift.”

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