In an ongoing partnership with Harvard’s Jewish Law Students Association (HJLSA), AIFL has again this year co-sponsored a delegation of third-year law students for a seven-day tour of Israel.
The group’s program in Israel allowed the students to become acquainted with the judicial system and political complexities that govern Israeli policy. The program emphasized Israel’s right to exist as a Jewish democracy within secure and recognized borders.
During the visit, the delegates traveled throughout Israel and met with its diversified society. For example, in the North they met the staff at the AlBasha’er High School, spoke with students of the Academic College for Teacher Education and experienced the taste of a special wine at the Golan Heights Winery. Later on, the delegation visited an Israeli Air Force base, spoke with leaders of the Ethiopian Center and even participated in a traditional Ethiopian dance and activities.
In other parts of Israel, the members met with the head of the Rabin Center, interacted in some productive sessions with Israeli officials and even found time to have fun in sunny Tel-Aviv and the inspiring city of Jerusalem.
The concept for the Harvard Law School Delegation was developed by AIFL Chairman Kenneth J. Bialkin and Harvard Law Professor, Alan Dershowitz, who introduced the AIFL to the HJLSA.
According to Prof. Dershowitz, “Israel doesn’t need to issue propaganda; it needs open-minded visitors who can see for themselves and make up their own minds about the complexities of Israel’s situation … The Harvard Law School visits have been a ‘win-win-win.’ The students win, Israel wins and VERITAS – the truth – wins”.