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Meet young future diplomat, Emily Nadler

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Emily Nadler is 15 years old and from Rishon Lezion, a representative of the centre headquarters of the youth foundation in Israel. At a young age, Emily is a social activist who takes a role in a youth diplomatic organization.

What do you think should be the Israeli youth’s job during those challenging times?

Most youth currently work to improve Israel’s image through social media. Some teenagers participate in diplomacy programs for youth who create campaigns speak to a global audience and get on delegations.

What change do you think youth can bring to improve Israel’s image?

Teenagers have a better understanding when it comes to social media and speaking to people their age. They can use those skills to improve Israel’s image online and convince more teens to support us. I have friends who used social media to have conversations with people outside of Israel and changed their minds.

Why do you think Israeli youth suddenly became interested in public diplomacy?

Social media. The war caused more youth to stay at home and get more focus on social media. It exposed them to the amount of hate Israel gets and made them take action. There is no way to ignore it, the hate we get only increases.

Being pro-Israel online can get you targeted, do you think it can threaten youth who support Israel online?

Youth now get support from different projects that were created to give them the right tools for public diplomacy. When I participated in those programs, I got full lessons about what is diplomacy and how to debate.

What is the most important tool you learned in the programs you participate in?

Knowledge and taking action. I remember when the war began the Hasbara ministry was cancelled and my friends told me how shocked they were but how lucky we are as a society who have the knowledge and tools to establish our initiatives.

What tip would you give to every teen who reads this article and wants to take action?

Ask your teachers and search for programs for youth your age online. continue to report on antisemitism and create your own content.

About the Author
By the age of 16, I created a project on social media called "Teens for Israel" to educate the younger generation on how to use their social media skills to improve Israel's image online. 2 years later I filed a position as a spokeswoman of a political youth headquarters, I manage a team of 30 ambitious teenagers and lead online social projects. In addition, I wrote columns for youth news websites about social issues in Israeli society and impacted youth with my articles by creating conversations about the topics I wrote about. Today I am a released IDF combat soldier who is soon to fly with a delegation to the USA to educate youth about Israel and is passionate about using media as a way to educate and raise awareness.
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