After nearly four years of supporting Solidarity of Nations - Achvat Amim, Masa Israel has pulled its support for the program under its current leadership. Masa’s decision comes on the heels of the release of an inaccurate and misleading investigative report on the program and its directors conducted by the extreme right wing organization Ad Kan.
Now we need your help.
Achvat Amim directly engages with the reality of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict through human rights work and critical education, based on the core value of self-determination for all peoples. If you believe that this is an essential challenge for the next generation in our Jewish communities, we need your support to cover the scholarships that our current and next cohort of participants are now unable to access through Masa.
What's Achvat Amim?
Achvat Amim is a 5 month volunteer program in which participants are involved in hands on work with educational, community, and human rights organizations, doing grassroots work with Israelis and Palestinians in and around Jerusalem. Participants volunteer in group projects and in individualized placements, while traveling extensively, and learning with leaders in the field. Together, we build a dynamic learning community in which we explore and shape Jewish culture and identity as individuals and as part of a greater whole. Participants learn Hebrew and Arabic in a creative framework, and have diverse opportunities for religious and spiritual learning and practice as part of our Ruchani track.
In the report, which was repeated in several Israeli media sources, Ad Kan attempts to paint Achvat Amim as beyond the bounds of legitimate engagement and opinion on Israel and the conflict by presenting false assertions and disinformation about the program’s activities. This report is apparently an attempt to push the Ad Kan agenda, which it would appear seeks to delegitimize any criticism of the occupation and preclude Jews from around the world from making meaningful contributions to creating a more peaceful and just society.
We know you understand how significant this work is for the Jewish people and for Israelis and Palestinians. Our fall cohort is already underway, and we look forward to welcoming the next amazing cohort in the spring. These funds will cover the scholarships that our participants are now unable to access through Masa. We are confident that if we have your support we will be able to move forward without letting this attack harm this important framework we are actively building.
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