Birthright-Style Program Proposed for Non-Jews

European leaders should send university students to Israel as part of efforts to combat rising levels of anti-Semitism and xenophobia, Foreign Ministry director general for public diplomacy Gideon Meir declared on Thursday. He was speaking at the close of the Global Forum for Combating Anti-Semitism in Jerusalem.

“I believe we can do something about this if we work together,” Meir said. “Governments of countries and communities which suffer from anti-Semitism and rabid anti-Zionism, working together with the state of Israel… can bring large numbers of young Christians and Muslims, students, trade unionists and athletes… to become personal witnesses of who the Jews really are, and what the state of Israel is really all about.”

Meir said that he is proposing “a Birthright-type program for non-Jews” which could bring 100,000 “relevant individuals” here for a “journey of discovery” program within the space of half a decade.


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