My guest on today’s show in Vijeta Uniyal founder and President of Indians4Israel a pioneer organization in fostering and enhancing relations between the nations of Israel and India. He is based in Germany from where he writes and oversees an international movement of support for Israel from the diaspora and within India. He recently spoke at a gathering of 70,000 people at Kalkuta where he called on the government of India to relocate the embassy to Jerusalem the capital of Israel. Although we have been in contact for years via social media, I had the first opportunity to meet him face to face at a conference in Jerusalem last week. Check out his group here https://www.facebook.com/Indians4Israel/
Next guest will be Band Digger and Almost Jewish Zionist, Virag Gulyas an Hungarian woman who is based in New York City from where she actively shakes up the pro Israel scene. After recently attending the AIPAC summit for the first time she published a detailed blog on Isreallycool.com
Not wanting to be offensive, but, also wanting the Zionist movement to be effective Virag offers very valuable constructive criticism. She asks why the Hasbara message is totally aimed at one very small segment of society, namely American Jews? There are many other audiences who need to be addressed and spoken with. She herself has been spending a lot of time at UN headquarters in NYC and engaging with women from Muslim countries who have never heard directly from a pro Israel speaker. See her latest blog post https://www.israellycool.com/2018/03/19/israels-pr-sucks/
Later in the show I will be speaking with Ben Shahin who is founder of Allyus.org a new social media polling platform. I met Ben last week while a hosted a tour in the Barkan Industrial Park for participants of a York Entrepreneurship Development Institute (YEDI) program in Israel. Ben will share with us why he developed this new platform and how it works. I think that its an amazing idea and I have already signed up and launched a poll. For more information check out this video https://youtu.be/-2hpbirMdSo and sign up at Allyus.org
Check out Fred Maroun’s new article about legal discrimination against Jewish residents in Judea and Samaria http://blogs.timesofisrael.com/apartheid-in-judea-and-samaria-enforced-by-the-pa-and-supported-by-oslo/
Interview with Shoshanna Keats Jaskoll who is the founder of an Israeli women’s advocacy working particularly within the Jewish Orthodox community and guidelines. Chochmat Nashim deals with issues like Agunot, the unique predicaments that Jewish women face in case of divorce, know as Gett in Halachic terms. A Jewish husband who refuses to give his wife a divorce/Gett can cause her to be in a state of legal limbo until a solution can be found to make the husband cooperate.
On today's show David Ha'ivri will be speaking with Likud Knesset Member Sharren Haskel, youngest and prettiest member of the Netanyahu coalition. Sharren a real fighter is a veteran of Israel's Border Police unit, a Veterinarian nurse and a Vegan. As an ideologue and a social activist she found herself on an unexpected path to a political career. While her social agenda might seem liberal to some she is a conservative and even a hawk on issues of Israel's national security, sovereignty and borders.
Do all Arabs hate Israel? Is there any hope for change? Today David will be speaking with Lebanese writer Fred Maroun who has become a big supporter of Israel. Growing up in Lebanon during the civil war and the Israeli invasion, he could have easily matured into another hater of Israel, but Fred chose a different path. Today he advocates for friendly relations with the Jewish State and believes that this is the direction that leaders of Lebanon and other Arab states should take.