Non-Jewish Israelis Defend Their Country

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Non-Jewish Israelis shared their stories of support for and service to Israel at an event hosted by ACCESS in Sandy Springs on Sunday, Feb. 25.

“Much of the Middle East conflict, the arguments become repetitive. People hear the same thing over and over again. So when you hear the same things from the same people with the same positions, it might blend together,” said Brandon Goldberg, one of the event chairs. “It’s not going to impact people as strongly because they’ve heard it before. This is something that folks have not heard before.”

Although ACCESS is the young professional division of American Jewish Committee’s Atlanta region, many of the roughly 60 attendees for the session with Reservists on Duty appeared to be older than 50.

The purpose of Reservists on Duty, a nonprofit founded in 2015, is to counter the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement’s anti-Israel narrative by presenting the experiences of young members of Israel’s racial and ethnic minorities.

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