This Week's Thought From The Koby Mandell Foundation
- Sherri Mandell
An Evil Report?
Twice a year, Avi Liberman, the brilliant comedian and organizer of Comedy for Koby, brings three top flight American comics to perform for English speaking Israelis.
Besides making us laugh (and raising money for the KMF), Avi intends for these tours to give the comedians an eye opening introduction to Israel.
First time visitor Ian Edwards, here from LA, got the point: "You have a beautiful country," he said on stage, "the Dead Sea, the Mediterranean, the women. Seriously, who is doing your PR, the Arabs?"
He added: ‘Maybe the government doesn't want visitors? It's so nice here you want to keep it to yourselves?"
It sometimes seems that way.
Yes there is the difficult political situation. But the venom against this country is almost irrational. A country the size of New Jersey receiving so much negative publicity and hatred.
The government tried a PR campaign promoting Israel's beaches and beautiful women.
Doesn't seem to have worked.
Instead, people like the author Alice Walker board ships in solidarity with the Palestinians to bring them "love" letters of support.
Love the Holy Land? Make your life a love letter to Israel. Insist that others understand that we are not a country of war, but a country of beauty, wisdom, and love.