Caravan for Democracy drives constructive dialogue on college campuses throughout the United States by bringing different speakers from Israel and the U.S. to discuss the challenges Israel faces as the only democracy in the Middle East. Caravan for Democracy provides access to resources and opinions to encourage critical thinking about the issues affecting Israel, its commitment to peace, how it is covered in the media, and its unique role in the region.
For Fall 2010, the CFD featured speaker is Former Member of Knesset Effie Eitam.
Effie Eitam is the Special Emissary of the Prime Minister of Israel’s Office for CFD campus engagements. He is also consultant and adviser to the Prime Minister on infrastructure and energy matters in Israel and overseas.
As a member of the 17th Knesset from the National Union Party he served in various ministerial positions and was a member of the Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee. Prior to entering politics, Brigadier General Eitam had a long and distinguished career in the IDF. He was the last commander to successfully face Hezbollah. During his service he commanded the Golani Brigade during the Entebbe rescue operation and was awarded the Medal for Distinguished Service as a young officer during the Yom Kippur war.
Effie Eitam will spend one to two days on each campus, meeting with Jewish students, Israel activists, campus student leaders, campus administration, faculty and more. Caravan for Democracy is committed to making these events successful and is looking for students to get involved! The student organizer from each campus will receive $300 after successful completion of the program. CFD will provide funding for all program expenses.
Speaking Topics Include (but are not limited to):
• Iran, the Nuclear Threat and What it Means for Israel and the World
• Morality and Ethics of Israel
• History and Advocacy: Skills Needed to Make the Case for Israel
• The Story of the Raid on Entebbe