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Shahar Azani, of StandWithUs, Visits Ben Porat Yosef

On Tuesday, November 29, Ben Porat Yosef middle school students were addressed by Shahar Azani, executive director of StandWithUs Northeast U.S., a global Israel-education organization dedicated to sharing Israel’s story in word and deed. Azani has held several diplomatic posts, most recently as consul for media affairs at the Consulate General of Israel in New York, where he was responsible for maintaining direct contact with American media in the tri-state area. Prior to joining the consulate in New York, Azani served as deputy spokesperson at Israel’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs; Israel’s consul for culture, media and public affairs in Los Angeles, CA; and deputy ambassador at the Embassy of the State of Israel in Nairobi, Kenya. He spoke with students about the BDS movement, the negative press against Israel and how it is spread, actions that they can take to counter misinformation about Israel and how important the students’ role is in the public relations effort. He gave many examples and stories from his experience as a diplomat and as executive director of StandWithUs. The BPY students and staff asked great questions and learned a lot about Israel advocacy during this session.

 

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