AIPAC Student Conference 2018

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AIPAC Student Conference 2018

Morgan I., Editor

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From Sunday, October 28th to Tuesday, October 30th, I attended AIPAC Schusterman High School Summit in Washington, D.C., a conference that teaches high school students about Israel advocacy. In the course of just three days, I gained adequate knowledge of the Middle-East and AIPAC as an organization to form compelling arguments for the existence of the state of Israel. In order to attend High School Summit, you must be invited by an organization or delegation. I was invited by Young Judaea, the Zionist youth movement that started several summer camps around the country, including camp Tel Yehudah, a high-school-aged sleepaway camp which I have been attending for three years. However, the delegation with which you attend High School Summit holds minor significance to the experience as a whole. Typically, the adult advisor from your delegation puts people from their delegation in hotel rooms together, but the sessions you attend do not relate to your delegation. When I arrived at High School Summit, my camp friends and I settled into our hotel room and changed into formal business attire right away. AIPAC staff provided me with a notepad and pen to take notes with during each session, so I brought it with me to my first one, where we were informed of the topics we would be learning about in the days that followed and advised to speak up, ask questions frequently, and introduce ourselves to as many AIPAC staff as possible. The following day consisted of back-to-back sessions about certain countries in the Middle East and their relationships with Israel, as well as lessons on writing résumés and public speaking. Each Middle-Eastern country I learned about occupies a different economic status; in some countries, such as Saudi Arabia, oil “fuels” the economy, while others rely on agriculture.
On Monday night, I attended a college fair run by current students of various universities who intern for AIPAC, followed by an indoor carnival featuring inflatables, endless food, and dancing. At the college fair, I spoke to several college interns about their schools, from the University of Florida to Harvard University. I also received lots of free college “swag,” such as Pop Sockets, stickers, and bracelets. At the carnival, I befriended people from other states and enjoyed festive treats like cheesecake on a stick. On the third and last day, I took a bus to Capitol Hill and walked with fellow Posnack students to the House of Representatives to lobby. For one hour, we met with Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s head staffer and encouraged continued support of pro-Israel American policies and bills. Lastly, we departed back to the hotel to gather our b

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Attending AIPAC High School Summit undoubtedly helped me gain knowledge of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict which I will use to back up my opinions in advocating for Israel for the rest of my life. ”

— Morgan I.

elongings and head to the airport. Attending AIPAC High School Summit undoubtedly helped me gain knowledge of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict which I will use to back up my opinions in advocating for Israel for the rest of my life. If you take pleasure in advocating for Israel, I highly recommend attending Summit in the future if given the chance.

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