30 April 2013

HonestReporting/NSWJBD Mission to Israel - November 2013

After you watch these testimonials by 2012 participants, you won’t hesitate to book for this year’s Mission,

November 18-26 inclusive.

See 2012 itinerary below for an idea of what’s in store.

Mission Cost is $3600

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Monday November 26th, 2012
Arrive in Israel. Transfer to David Citadel hotel in Jerusalem. Evening at leisure.
Tuesday November 27th, 2012
9.30 am Introductions
Joe Hyams – CEO, HonestReporting
Yair Miller - President, NSW Jewish Board of Deputies
10.00 am “Welcome to Israel” – Mark Regev, Spokesperson for the Prime Minister’s Office, formerly from Melbourne, Australia
11.00 am “Fighting Media Bias” – Joe Hyams, CEO, HonestReporting
1.00 pm Travel to HonestReporting’s International Headquarters for a buffet lunch with panoramic views of Jerusalem
2.30 pm Drive to Yad Vashem
“Holocaust Denial & it’s Implications for Advocacy” - Ephraim Kaye – Director of International Seminars
Return to hotel
6.30 pm Dinner at “Darna” an authentic Moroccan restaurant in the heart of Jerusalem with Guest Speaker Amotz Asa El, former Executive Editor of the Jerusalem Post, a fellow at the Shalom Hartman Institute in Jerusalem, a staff columnist at the Wall Street Journal/MarketWatch, and a private consultant for media ventures.
Wednesday November 28th, 2012
9.00 am “Monitoring Palestinian Media “ - Itamar Marcus, Palestinian Media Watch a Watchdog group that monitors Palestinian media for incitement to violence and anti-Israel propaganda
10.45 am “Debunking the Demographics Scare” - Yoram Ettinger, former Israeli Ambassador to the US, and expert on US-Israel relations
12.00 pm Lunch at Café Rimon in downtown Jerusalem
1.15 pm Tour the Security Fence with Boaz Raz - IDF Spokesperson, including closed-door briefing
Return to hotel (time permitting)
6.00 pm Dinner at Noya, in an historical, preserved building in the center of Jerusalem, with a magnificent décor.
Thursday November 29th, 2012
7.30 am Full Day Tour with Patrick Amar, Tour Guide and Israel Advocate
Discussion of Bedouin Issues and Culture with a member of the Bedouin community at the Museum of Bedouin Culture
Falafel lunch in BeerSheva with a visit to the Australian War Memorial, the scene of the historical charge of the 4th Light Brigade in 1917
Visit the city of Sderot - view the collection of Kassams at the police station; visit a house which was destroyed by a direct hit from a rocket; explore the center of commercial activity in Sderot.
Travel to Gaza Border Crossing – Overview of the region plus briefings by IDF spokesperson responsible for humanitarian aid into Gaza
Return to Jerusalem
Evening at leisure
Friday November 30th, 2012
9.00 am Travel to Gush Etzion – an inside look at communities over the green line
Audio/Visual Presentation at Kfar Etzion
Discussion of Current Issues with David Shire, a member of Neve Daniel
Lunch at Gavneh, a hilltop restaurant with a panoramic view
2.00 pm Return to Jerusalem; free time to prepare for Shabbat.
4.00 pm Bus to Western Wall for Kabbalat Shabbat and a traditional Shabbat dinner in the Old City of Jerusalem
Walk back to hotel
Shabbat, Saturday December 1st, 2012
Optional Shabbat morning services in the beautiful 100-year old synagogue of Yemin Moshe overlooking the walls of Jerusalem, or in other Congregations throughout Jerusalem. (Other options available from hotel Concierge)
2.00 pm Buffet lunch at David Citadel hotel
3.00 pm “What Arabs in the Region are Really Thinking” Khaled Abu Toameh, Israeli Arab, West Bank and Gaza correspondent for the Jerusalem Post, and the US News and World Report
5.30 pm Havdalah – bringing the Shabbat to a close, in the traditional way.
Break for refreshments
6.30 pm “NGOs, Human Rights and the Campaign to Demonize Israel” - Prof. Gerald M. Steinberg, President, NGO Monitor and Political Science Department, Bar Ilan University “Palestinian Media Incitement
Sunday, December 2nd , 2012
8.00 am Travel North for full-day with Elliot Chodoff, Military Analyst, IDF Major (res.)
Depart Jerusalem for North via Jordan Valley along the Jordanian Border
Picnic lunch in the Golan Heights bagels
Ascend Mt Ben Tal
Topographical Overlook from the Kinneret
Dinner in Tiberias.
Return to Jerusalem
Monday, December 3rd , 2012
7.30 am Travel to MASHAV, Israel’s Agency for International Development Cooperation, of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, at Kibbutz Shefayim
11.00 am "The Arab spring and its implication on Israel, local and global arena" – Dr. Boaz Ganor, Head of the Homeland Security Studies Programs (Graduate Degrees, Executive Program and Bachelor specialization) at the Interdisciplinary Center (IDC), Herzliya, Israel
12.00 "Contrasting Secular and Religious Agenda Terroism" – Dr. Jonathan Fine, Academic Advisor Government, Diplomacy, and Strategy at the IDC, Herzliya, Israel
Return to Jerusalem. Visit MediaCentral – Israel’s premier bureau for overseas correspondents
3.00 pm “Give Peace a Chance” – Yoav Peck, Peace Now
4.00 pm “Kaleidescope: Israel Society in the 21st Century” - Prof. Itzhak Golnoor Herbert Samuel Professor of Political Science (emeritus) at Hebrew University of Jerusalem
5.15 pm “Serving the Foreign Press in Israel” - Aryeh Green – Director, MediaCentral
6.30 pm Dinner at Sheyan– a captivating merge between Jerusalem's eclectic atmosphere and China's traditional cuisine
Tuesday, December 4th, 2012
Time for packing, shopping and check out for those leaving today.
10.00 am “Election Overview” – Gil Hoffman, one of Israel’s foremost English-speaking domestic policy
11.00 am “How to Effectively Advocate for Israel: Practical Training” - David Olesker, Director of JCCAT
1.00 pm "Ethics in the Field: An Inside Look at the IDF” - IDF Colonel (res.) Ben-Tzion “Bentzi” Gruber
2.00 pm “Where Do We Go From Here?” Joe Hyams & Yair Miller
2.45 pm Farewell luncheon and closing remarks at Gabriels Restaurant in the heart of Jerusalem
Transfer to BenGurion airport for those flying tonight.