Campus Leaders - Final Blog Post

January 8th, 2017

Note: A delegation of Campus Leaders from Brown University is in Israel with Project Interchange. The delegation is accompanied by Seffi Kogen, Assistant Director, AJC Campus Affairs, and Rachel Craig, Senior Associate, AJC Project Interchange.

It just wouldn’t be true to who we are as a group to not have a jam-packed last day!

We began with a session on how Israel adheres to international law designed for symmetrical warfare in a uniquely asymmetric situation by Dr. Dror Harel, a former legal advisor to the Prime Minister.

Next, Arik Segal, an expert in conflict management, helped us get in touch with our inner role-players as we acted out a convening between young Israelis and Palestinians to give ourselves a sense of the challenges and opportunities presented by social contact.

Over lunch, AJC’s Shay Zavdi moderated a panel consisting of three journalists: Noa Amouyal, News Editor at The Jerusalem Post, Gili Cohen, Security and Military Correspondent at Haaretz, and Safwan Ibrahim Abu Gosh, the Editor of Chief of Arabic News at the Israel Public Broadcasting Company. The participants—especially the student journalists among them—found the session fascinating, asking terrific questions.

From there, we drove to the Tel Aviv Pride Center to hear from LGBT activist Anat Nir, who shared with us her personal story of discovering that she was bisexual, and then answered our questions about queer culture and politics in Israel.

We walked out of our meeting with Anat and headed over to the beautiful crafts fair at Nahalat Binyamin. The students took advantage of this great last minute souvenir opportunity to load up on gifts for their friends and family back home and appreciate the beautiful handiwork of Israeli artisans.

After a final opportunity to shower and change for the flight home, we sat down to dinner with Col. Miri Eisin, former spokeswoman for the IDF and the Prime Minister’s Office. With an answer for every question, Miri helped us tie up any loose ends that remained from the trip.

Finally, we took one last opportunity for review and reflection together before boarding the bus to the airport and bidding our final farewells. We’re saying goodbye to Israel but, thankfully, not to each other. The students will be reunited in Providence soon enough—forever changed by our experiences!

The views expressed in this blog are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Project Interchange.