My name is Jeremy Dery and I am 26 years old. I am a Zionist activist who has been helping Israel’s image for the past six years abroad and in Israel. I would love to raise the awareness among my fellow Israel supporters around the world of my personal plight.
The Jewish Agency and other government institutions must do a better job integrating passionate, young, skilled, and capable advocates into the job market. There should be more job openings in order to allow more young people who are willing and capable to effectively act as proper diplomats for the State of Israel to earn a living while offering their skills and services to the State of Israel.
There should be a Knesset committee consisting of different Pro Israel organizations like Stand With Us and other government ministries dealing with international relations with the outside world, to set up to discuss various ways and options to help solve this issue which is effecting tons of people who want to remain in the Jewish homeland while working in a field that they believe in and are capable of investing their time and energy into.
For example, take my own personal experience in Israel, I made aliyah this past September 2012, since I have been living in the country for the past three years. I was born in the states in New York and raised in France for 10 years.
During my time in Israel I have been actively involved in public speaking/ media relations in Hasbara (both in English and French), having focused on issues of the Arab/Israeli conflict. I have helped pro-Israel groups as a guest speaker discussing issues relating to the peace process, the refugee crisis, how to be more politically active within Israeli political circles and college campus advocacy on behalf of Israeli. My activism gave me the opportunity to work in the Knesset with the Likud minister Ayoob Kara.
Now, I have been looking for a job in the Jewish world for more than a year now in Israel. In the meantime, I have set up a Facebook group for new immigrants and Israelis interested in working in the field of Hasbara and international diplomacy in Israel. The group currently has over 1,600 members and growing every day.
The failure of not providing suitable jobs to these devoted, skilled, and educated advocates will be very damaging to Israel’s image and the state’s desire to maintain their new immigrants’ wish to continue living in Israel. Israel will lose tons of their new immigrants who wish to enter the world of diplomacy and international relations within Israel to further enhance Israel’s image and PR campaign around the world. Many new immigrants are leaving Israel and going back to their homeland in search of finding proper jobs in the Pro-Israel advocacy world.
Instead, Israel should properly train and provide jobs for these Jewish Zionist lovers. Israel is facing grave present and future threats of international boycotts and sanctions because of many crucial issues ranging from the peace process, African refugee issue, security issues on Israel’s borders, nuclear threat of Iran, and other internal domestic issues including acceptance of other streams of Judaism. Israel needs educated and capable new immigrants who can act as Israel’s unofficial diplomats while having a true understanding of the various issues and historical facts. Israel should not only rely on their own Israeli citizens but also on their vast wealth of new immigrants from around the world to be the next generation of spokespeople and leaders for the Jewish state.
I look forward to fulfill my dream of helping the Jewish state defend itself from the media onslaught, improving Israel’s image around the world, and strengthening the diaspora Jewish connection to Israel. Please help me and my fellow Israel activists the means to fulfill our dream of finding a proper respected job allowing us to earn a living while defending our beautiful and only Jewish state.