As a Birthright participant there were definitely times when the history being presented felt excessively simplistic....particularly whenever you tried to talk about the conflict. If I had just gone on Birthright I probably would have left feeling little additional connection to Israel. But luckily Birthright allows you to extend your trip for up to three months and still pays for the flight. It was the months spent on kibbutz that truly altered my connection with Israel and my Zionism. The emphasis should be on allowing youth to have positive experiences in Israel not on inculcating a specific (and usually right-wing) historical narrative.
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Court rejects plea bargain from former PM Olmert, adding one month to jail sentence (Haaretz)
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Foreign tourism to Israel drops as more Israelis travel
Figures on January foreign tourist hotel stays are not yet available, but December's numbers were down 9% compared to December 2014 and 28% compared to December 2013.05:09 10.02.16 | 0 comments