This past week, six ICJA students had the opportunity to go on the AIPAC Schusterman High School Summit, a program that prepares high school students to advocate and lobby for Israel in college. In the summit, students learned about the importance of the U.S.-Israel alliance and why it is necessary and beneficial, not only for Israel’s existence, but for America as well. Students also learned how to advocate for Israel on campus and in politics.
Senior Roni Bell says, “AIPAC was a really wonderful experience where I got to meet people from across the U.S. who care about the American-Israel alliance and want to help enhance and protect the relationship. We learned how to effectively advocate for Israel through dialogue, debate and engagement and how to be proactive rather than reactive. The convention really opened my eyes to the things that are happening between Israel and the Palestinians, as well as Israel and Iran. In all, this was a very informative and amazing experience.”
On the final day at the conference, students had the extraordinary opportunity to lobby congressmen. On the Hill, they expressed concerns about issues such as the Iran Sanctions Act and the necessity of America to oppose one-sided UN Security Council resolutions.
ICJA students attend the conference annually, as well as the AIPAC policy conference, and are led by Ms. Susan Sennett.