It has always been us
By Yaffa Abadi
Us, the College Students, in our twenties, finding our feet in the world of jobs and responsibilities…
As confusing as this limbo between teenage and adulthood can be, it has always been US at the centre of change.
We have to realise that as young adults, we hold the energy, and we hold the power to impact positive change and greatly affect global public opinion.
As a college student myself, living in Israel as a new immigrant and attending Hebrew University, I am front and centre in the struggle for Israel’s right to exist, much like those contending with the anti-Israel, anti-Zionist, and Antisemitic rants and riots on campuses around the world.
Yet with my unique perspective as an olah, and comparing my situation with those of my friends attending colleges throughout the world, it is clear to me that the central fight to stand up for our right to Jewish nationalism is not taking place only on the ground in Israel, but it is taking place on a more global, media level.
We all play a part in this.
We are coming up to the century mark of the Balfour Declaration, the Declaration by Lord Balfour which marked the first public recognition by a world power of both a potential rebirth of the national home for the Jewish people, and their historical link to the land of Israel.
As this century celebration approaches, once again we face the battle. While the Palestinian organisations have launched an initiative to demand an apology from the UK for this very declaration, the Israel Forever Foundation, in collaboration with the Knesset Israel-Britain Interparliamentary Friendship Group, has launched a unique initiative to celebrate and commemorate the Balfour Centenary.
The Balfour Declaration 2017 will serve as an affirmation of the original intent of Lord Balfour in his proclamation of support for the Jewish nationalist dream of returning to our ancestral homeland of Israel, renamed Palestine by the Romans to deJudaize the land after the destruction of the Holy Temple on the Mount and the subsequent expulsion of the Jewish People.
Throughout the generations, it is the student activists whose impact is most heavily measured. We have the ability to open the eyes and minds of our fellow students who are so easily swayed by the anti-Israel propaganda. Now, today, it is up to us again as our campuses have become the hotbeds of hate and safe spaces, yet where Jews feel unwelcome to walk freely.
Not every one of us is destined to be a public activist; but we all share the responsibility for taking action that has always defined the Jewish people. However we may each believe in the political spectrums of our Israel connection, let us join Balfour in proclaiming our recognition of and commitment to the future of our one and only Jewish sovereign state.
Use your voice and use your power in support of guarding this iconic document, and with this guarding Israel’s right to exist.
Sign your name to the Balfour Declaration and do your part!!
Yaffa Abadi is a twenty year old who made Aliyah just over a year ago from South Africa. She has a passion for creative writing and am currently studying English Literature and Philosophy at the Hebrew University while trying to navigate my way as an Olah Chadasha.
WHAT CAN YOU DO?
A celebration of the Balfour Declaration invites a deeper understanding of the long history of our struggle to create a place where the Jewish people could live free in our ancient homeland.
We aim to collect 1 million signatures by the 100th anniversary of the Balfour Declaration on November 2, 2017 to be presented to world bodies, organizations, and heads of state.
MAKE IT YOUR DECLARATION!
SIGN, SHARE AND HELP MAKE A DIFFERENCE! Together, we can show the world that the international recognition of the Jewish connection to Israel perpetuates all over the world today.
Interested in launching the Balfour Initiative in your community? Contact us for programming ideas and free resources for you to use in making this a meaningful and successful campaign all over the world.