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Reflections from BBYO Teen at AIPAC High School Summit

December 9, 2009

David Baer, Scottsdale, Arizona

On November 8th-10th, The American Israel Public Affairs Committee held their annual High School Summit. AIPAC is the largest and most powerful political lobby supporting Israel in the United States.

The summit was designed to educate high school students on issues involving the Jewish homeland and on how to get involved in politics while still in high school. Hundreds of students attended the summit, and BBYO send the largest delegation, with over eighty students.

The weekend was packed with programming, mostly led by AIPAC staff, where students discussed major issues facing Israel such as Iran’s nuclear program, the Gaza conflict, and the subsequent United Nations Goldstone Report.

Students also learned the best ways to discuss the topic of Israel with those who are less supportive of Israel than we are, and how to be productive pro-Israel advocates in any environment.

On the last day of the summit, staffers from Capitol Hill came to speak to students about what it is like to work in the American political system. This was an interesting experience for many in the BBYO delegation who someday wish to work on Capitol Hill.

AIPAC is an amazing organization that uses its power to protect the essential alliance between the United States and the Jewish homeland. They embrace the student demographic and recognize the importance of educating students on the relationship between Israel and the United States. AIPAC presents a unique opportunity for those who are interested in politics or who care deeply about Israel.

BBYO also takes a delegation to the AIPAC Annual Policy Conference in the spring, a convention in Washington D.C. that is attended by thousands of pro-Israel advocates.

For more information about BBYO's relationship with AIPAC, please click here.

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