Two Temple Students Head for Israel

Two Temple University students have been selected to head to the Jewish state to take part in a two-week-long Israel advocacy training seminar.

Sophomores Emily Green and Paige Guber are to take part in Hasbara Fellowships, a 10-year-old partnership between the Foreign Ministry of Israel and Aish International. The fellowships were created to help combat the spread of anti-Israel bias on college campuses.

The program is being split into two separate trips: One is happening later this month, and the other is scheduled for June. More than 700 students from 60 campuses are set to go.

Participants will meet with members of the Knesset, representatives of the Foreign Ministry and journalists at The Jerusalem Post. Also on the agenda are strategic tours of Sederot, Hebron, and Israel's border areas with Syria and Lebanon.

"I've been to Israel before, and it was a very touristy trip," said Guber, a 20-year-old political-science major, referring to a visit when she was in high school and traveled with BBYO.

"I didn't learn anything to promote Israel," she added. "Especially at a school like Temple, where there is a lot of anti-Israel propaganda, it is important for people to stand up for Israel and sound like they know what they are talking about."