JERUSALEMUN: Making Peace, One Debate at a Time

On Thursday, January 28th, the Young Ambassadors held their second Model United Nations conference of the year at the US Embassy’s American Center in Jerusalem. During the conference, Jewish and Arab students from different cities came together in two committees: one dealing with refugees, and a second dealing with the conflict in Burundi.

The students were nervous, but also highly motivated to create a change and to solve the challenges they had been assigned. After 6 hours of debating, the committees voted and passed their resolutions by an overwhelming majority of support.

In numerous interviews with multiple students, an overwhelming response was heard — everyone was satisfied with their ability to find a suitable solution to these international crises.

As participants, we can testify that the conference contributed greatly to us by allowing us to explore more deeply the subject of the Refugee crisis, which continues to impact global affairs, including on Israel! We also gained direct experience in debate and public speaking, skills that we know will continue to help us in the future as young ambassadors.

— Reported by Noam Filo and Or Golyan


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About the Author
Rachel Amrani is the Director of the Young Ambassadors School in Petah Tikva, a unique youth leadership program run by the Petah Tikva Municipality in conjunction with the Ministry of Education. The goal of the program is to create, empower and support a new generation of young leaders, with all of the knowledge, skills and experience to successfully contribute to their own society, and to represent Israel abroad.
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