Natan Sharansky, executive chairman of the Jewish Agency, spoke to Jewish students in Melbourne and Sydney, and launched the Australasian Union of Jewish Students’ (AUJS) “I am an Israeli” campaign, as part of his Australian tour.
Sharansky spoke with students about the challenges that he faced and the current issues and opportunities for world Jewry. He also emphasised the need to engage in constructive debates with those that oppose Israel.
AUJS national chairperson Nicola Kobilski said that the events and campaign launch were a resounding success and
“It was a true honour to host Mr Sharansky in both Melbourne and Sydney, learn about his story and have the chance to ask him questions about the future of world Jewry.”
When Mr Sharansky launched the “I am an Israeli “ campaign he discussed the vital importance of Jewish students supporting Israel on campus.
AUJS political affairs director Matthew Lesh said that “I am an Israeli” has already reached over 40,000 people online and continued to grow. He said
“I am an Israeli is about exploring stories of individuals and displaying the consistent positive narrative of Israel’s ongoing development.”
AUJS thanked the Jewish Agency for Israel, and the Zionist Federation of Australia, for helping organise the events.
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