Judea and Samaria's 'global ambassadors'

Supporters from around the world meet with residents, small business owners in Judea and Samaria, learn how to defend Israel abroad.

Arutz Sheva Staff ,

Nati Rom speaks with guests
Nati Rom speaks with guests
Lev Haolam

A large group of Israel supporters from abroad recently came to visit the Jewish state and meet the next generation of pioneers settling Judea and Samaria.

The visitors came from countries around the globe, including New Zealand, Australia, Canada, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Germany, Austria, the US, Peru, and Taiwan. The visitors took part in a tour organized by the ‘Lev HaOlam’ Organization, which was founded by Nati Rom, a resident of Esh Kodesh in Binyamin.

As part of the tour, Rom hosted the visitors at his home in Esh Kodesh, and gave them a guided tour of Judea and Samaria. The visitors saw up close the experiences of local small businesses, many of whose products the visitors receive in monthly packages sent by ‘Lev HaOlam.’ The visitors also learned about the struggles small business owners experience as a result of international boycotts, and Lev HaOlam’s efforts to combat attempts to boycott Israeli goods from Judea and Samaria.

In addition, the visitors toured Elon Moreh, Shilo, and other important historical and Biblical locations in the region.

The visitors were very moved throughout the tour and expressed a strong desire to continue supporting the Jewish pioneers in Judea and Samaria. They were particularly excited to meet people face-to-face and get to know local Jewish residents. Following these meetings they detailed the false portrayals of Jewish pioneers in the media in their home countries and how happy they were to discover the truth on the ground.

Many of the visitors were also surprised to discover that their governments donate large sums of money to Arab projects in Judea and Samaria and that many of these projects involve illegal construction in violation of international law. They stated that they will plan to raise attention to this inappropriate use of their tax funds and put an end to it. In addition, the visitors were shocked to learn that much of the money donated to ‘human rights’ groups actually ends up supporting terrorist movements and schools which teach anti-Israel and anti-Semitic incitement.

One visitor from Austria especially stood out. He had payos (sidelocks) that he had grown and explained that he had left Egypt with his father. He explained that his name was ‘Benjamin’ and that he discovered that he was a descendent of Jews who lived in Egypt nearly 1,200 years ago. As a result of that discovery, and because of his strong affinity for the Jewish people, he chose to adopt the outward expression of Jewish identity.

Attorney Nati Rom, noted that the issue of Israel and the international boycott are on the minds of these visitors. He explained that the visitors plan to return to their home countries as ‘ambassadors’ for Israel and the Jewish pioneers in Judea and Samaria.

“We have recently seen a significant growth in the number of visitors to our communities and supporters from around the world,” said Rom. “I can say that the more haters of Israel put effort into fighting against Israel, the more people become exposed to the truth and join our efforts in ‘Lev HaOlam.’ The UN plans to publish a ‘blacklist’ of companies but the supporters of our ‘whitelist’ of companies continues to grow. We will continue to fight darkness with light by fostering the creation of more small businesses, building connections with more supporters, and educating more people to act as ambassadors for Israel around the world.”