The aim of The Big Tent for Israel conference, in Manchester on Nov. 27, is to mobilize more grass roots activists who are willing to take on the challenge of combating the assault on Israel’s legitimacy, and to ensure Israel’s image is honestly projected to those continually exposed to anti-Israel propaganda and media bias.
The event has the backing of Board of Deputies, the Jewish Leadership Council, the Zionist Federation, Manchester Zionist Central Council, UJIA, StandWithUs UK and the political Friends of Israel Groups, as well as many Christian groups who passionately stand up for Israel.
A report by the Reut Institute identified London as the international “Hub of Hubs” of the campaign of Boycotts, Disinvestment and Sanctions (BDS) whose express purpose is to challenge and undermine the legitimacy and existence of the State of Israel. This report identifies the five areas of public life in the UK where this campaign is focused: politics, trade unions, churches, academia and the media.
I’ll proudly be representing CiF Watch at the event, and hope to provide insight, gathered in conjunction with my fellow CiF Watchers, into the Guardian’s disproportionate role in providing intellectual succor to those who assault Israel’s legitimacy.
Per the Big Tent Press Release:
The Big Tent is now really taking off, with registrations growing daily, and an impressive list of invited speakers including Eran Shayshon of the Reut Institute, Itamar Marcus of Palestine Media Watch, Yakov Triptou’s, Histadrut Chairman, Chief of Staff, Lorna Fitzsimons, CEO of BICOM, Adam Levick of CIF Watch, and Andrew White of Beyond Images.
Israel’s new Ambassador, Daniel Taub, will be the main keynote speaker.
Also confirmed is Marcus Sheff of the Israel Project, top advocacy trainers, a strong representation of Christian supporters of Israel including well known activist Dr. Denis MacEoin, MPs, trade unionists, academics, student leaders and media personalities.
I will be participating on two panel discussions:
- Media Delegitimization: Fact or Paranoia?
- Countering Delegitimization: Strategies and Tactics
As the organizes of the conference wrote: EVERYONE who believes in Israel is welcome inside “The Big Tent for Israel”.
If you believe in Israel as the homeland of the Jewish people, and the absolute and unqualified right of all Israelis to live in peace with their neighbors, you will be most welcome.
- Fight or flight? CiF Watch, David Yehuda Stern & Ben White (cifwatch.com)
- Guardian responds to CiF Watch complaint, amends article charging US of “slavish” support for Israel (cifwatch.com)
- +972 and a revealing Twitter exchange between CiF Watch and a radical left Israeli Jew (cifwatch.com)