The David Project is constantly creating updated materials to help expand your knowledge of Israel
Primers, Briefings, Discussion Guides & Suggested Readings
The following resources will help you further investigate historical and contemporary issues related to Israel. They provide an easy-to-understand overview of complex and difficult matters.
Israeli Elections Discussion Guide and Analysis
Download the PDF of our 2013 Israeli Elections Discussion Guide
Understanding the Settlements Primer
Operation Pillar of Defense: Special Briefing & Discussion Guide
Click the images below to view the PDFs of our Operation Pillar of Defense briefings.
Click the image below to view the full PDF of an article about Proportional Force.
The David Project Recommendations for How to Respond on Campus
Below are seven tips about how you can engage students on campus in a constructive dialogue around Operation Pillar of Defense.
- Educate yourselves and your peers. Discuss with your Israel group and the larger Israel community what is going on, collect information, and educate yourselves on the situation. Click here for our conversation guide to “Pillar of Defense.” Create a safe space for students grappling with the conflict to ask questions.
- Show public support. Show support for Israel by holding a public display of solidarity with the people of Israel. This show of support can be in the form of tabling or a larger gathering like a rally. You should aim to create a space to show your commitment to Israel, while welcoming discussion, questions, and information sharing.
- Don’t counter-protest. Do not directly engage with anti-Israel protests and rallies. We do not want to increase attention to anti-Israel activity and inadvertently amplify the voice of Israel’s detractors. Our job is not to stop an anti-Israel rally from happening on campus. Rather, we should educate our peers and encourage understanding and conversation about the situation. Likewise, avoid inflammatory postings on Facebook, Twitter, etc. or posting in open forums. These kinds of posts tend generate needless rancor and undermine our own standing.
- Connect with your partners. Email, call and sit down to talk with your contacts on campus from the various partner organizations and communities. Share information with them , welcome their questions and ask them what questions they are hearing from their constituents. Provide updates as events transpire. Start a campaign to engage students one-on-one. Your willingness to engage in these conversations will show the community that you want to hear their concerns but also that you wish to share your grasp of the current conflict
- Mobilize support. Ask students to sign an open letter to the mayor of Sderot that lets him know the students of your university support the people of his city and stand with innocent Israeli and Palestinian civilians. A draft letter can be found here. The David Project’s grants program is available to help fund the publishing of the letter in your campus newspaper or other campus space.
- Humanize Israel and Israelis. Find opportunities to connect your peers and your campus with your friends, family and peers in Israel. If you know someone in Israel studying abroad, on a gap-year program, or living there, ask them to Skype or video chat with you and your friends so that you can hear first hand what is happening in Israel and what it is like to be in Tel Aviv, Sderot, Jerusalem or other cities right now.
- Provide public information. Write an op-ed providing more information on Operation Pillar of Defense and your perspective. We’d be happy to help!
Unilateral Declaration of Independence Primer
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