Daily Israel Report

Judea and Samaria Youth Learn Media Skills

Yesha Council sponsors workshops for youth to help them explain issues more effectively.
By Gil Ronen
First Publish: 7/25/2011, 11:38 AM

Samaria Jewish youth (file).
Samaria Jewish youth (file).
Shomron Regional Council

Youth in the communities of Judea and Samaria are learning to explain political issues more effectively to a hostile world, in workshops sponsored by the Yesha Council.

The first intensive two-day workshop took place in Ofra last week and a second one was launched Sunday morning in Efrat.
Speaking with Arutz Sheva’s Hebrew service, Yesha Council Deputy Director Yigal Dilmoni said Sunday: “We carry out hasbara vis-a-vis opinion shapers, and we deemed it important that the youth growing up in Judea and Samaria know the statistics and the facts and be active in hasbara and spokesmanship. Who knows, perhaps tomorrow’s spokespeople will come out of here. That is why we decided to send some of the most talented youths to this workshop.”
The youths are taught about the Jewish people’s right to the Land of Israel, and receive facts and figures on demographics, history, and legal aspects of the debate over the settlement enterprise.
They also learn how to define what they are talking about and present it correctly. Experts teach them how to stand in front of a camera, and how to turn dry facts into a scintillating lecture. The workshop includes a tour that helps them make the connection between what they have learned and facts on the ground in Judea and Samaria. 
Avigail Mendelson, who participated in the Ofra workshop, told Arutz Sheva that for her, the most important things she learned had to do with legal aspects of Jewish settlement, and answers to claims that Israel is an occupier that defies the Geneva Convention.