This year marks a year since the official launch of our UK office and ten years of StandWithUs working globally on Israel's behalf.
For many years we have been supporting British pro-Israel students in the UK and particularly via our office in Israel, empowering them to stand up for Israel – so we're thrilled to have an office and a strong base from which to do this now on the ground.
We have engaged with hundreds of students while they were on gap year programmes, encouraging them to take their knowledge and love of Israel to reach out to others when they return home.
At their request, we formed our UK office so we could give pro-Israel activists more support and help them push back against some of the vicious and unfair criticism and campaigns led by the likes of the Palestine Solidarity Campaign and other radical elements.
In the last year alone, we've made significant progress in our outreach for Israel in the UK. We've supported activists with materials and resources, empowered them with training and educational programs and reached out via effective campaigns and programmes. Highlights have included 'BIG' Buy Israeli Goods days, to counter proposed boycotts, Young Professionals event, Speaker tours on campus, support for a cross-communal Gilad Shalit awareness campaign, a speaker series called "Voices from the Middle East" featuring Muslim speakers, training programs in Jewish schools, several conferences with Christian audiences, hosting programmes and tours in Israel for both Jewish and non-Jewish students, bloggers and others.
This was all capped by our inspiring recent "Israel in Focus" student conference, where 120 student leaders gathered together to learn how to be more effective advocates for Israel – see the report here.
While Israel faces the threat of a nuclear Iran, the after-effects of the Arab revolts and continuous terrorist attacks and rockets, Israel's friends in the UK need to respond to the continued drip-feed of anti-Israel propaganda. We are committed to being there and encouraging others to take a stand because education is the true road to peace.
Thank you for your continued support in keeping our work strong. You can help donate to our efforts right now by clicking here.
Together, we are making a difference.
Director StandWithUs Israel