“Many Masa volunteers publicly express support for Israel, and they pay heavy prices for it socially, professionally and security-wise.”

As part of a collaboration between Masa Israel Journey and the Israeli Foreign Ministry, young volunteers from North America are undergoing training on antisemitism and delegitimization against Israel to provide them with tools they can use to counter the backlash against the Jewish state once home.

“Back there, I’d come across daily reminders that my neighborhood doesn’t care much for Israel’s right to exist, including videos of residents tearing down hostage posters, the firebombing of a Jewish deli, and the smashing of a Jewish bagel shop,” said Josh Mover, 40, from Toronto, one of some 90 volunteers who took part in a training session at the Foreign Ministry in Jerusalem on Wednesday.

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