A stellar line up for UIA Victoria campaign

January 28, 2018 by Community newsdesk
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In this very special year of celebrating Israel’s 70th birthday, UIA Victoria will host a stellar line up for its 2018 campaign.

Mosab Hassan Yousef

The line up will include Mosab Hassan Yousef, son of one of the founding members of Hamas. Destined to follow in his father’s footsteps, he took a leap of faith into the arms of his sworn enemy – the Israeli Shin Bet, becoming a spy and their most reliable source, earning him the name “the Green Prince.” His information led to prevention of dozens of terrorist attacks.

Mosab will address the Women’s Division Brunch on Wednesday 7 March, accompanied by Senior Defence Correspondent for Israel’s Channel 10 Alon Ben-David who specialises in military issues and the Middle East. With a career spanning over 20 years, Alon has earned his rightful place as one of those most well-known and respected in his field.

Ambassador Belaynesh Zevadia will also share her story at the brunch as the first Israeli woman of Ethiopian origin to achieve the title of Ambassador. Making Aliyah in the 80’s with the assistance of the UIA, her story has come full circle now serving as Israel’s Ambassador to Ethiopia.

The Gala Dinner will take place on Wednesday 21 March, headlined by Dennis Prager – one of America’s most respected talk show radio hosts, author, columnist and founder of PragerU. Prager is a very strong friend of Israel and as he stated, “as a Jew and indeed as a decent human being, I have one job and that is to keep Israel safe.” He will be joined by the new Israeli Ambassador to Australia Ambassador Mark Sofer who previously served in Ireland and India and as a policy adviser to Shimon Peres z”l. He significantly strengthened the relationship between Israel and India by promoting Israeli innovations such as water technology and clean-tech, two areas of particular relevance in Australia.

Guests will also enjoy some unique entertainment to mark this special year.

UIA is also pleased to be hosting a YoungUIA campaign launch on the evening of Wednesday 7 March with Mosab Hassan Yousef as well as a Community Afternoon Tea for our seniors group on Thursday 8 March with Alon Ben-David and Ambassador Belaynesh Zevadia.

For nearly 100 years, the UIA has never strayed from our core work of support for our PEOPLE. Our events will take you on a journey to hear, feel, taste, and see the real Israel from the speakers you will hear from, the food you will eat, the wine you will drink – UIA is truly celebrating Israel this year. However, despite 70 years of achievements, powered by KH-UIA, which this year’s campaign tagline reads, there are still many in Israel doing it tough and that is where our fundraising dollar is directed. To the many youth-at-risk needing that extra support at home and in school and to those still waiting to make Aliyah and realise their dream in the homeland. To the lone soldiers who have made the biggest sacrifice to the Holocaust survivors who are without the means to life out their life in dignity. UIA is here for them today as we have been from the beginning. But, we cannot do this work without YOU.

As UIA Victoria President Hayley Southwick said, “2018 is going to be a big year for UIA as we celebrate Israel’s 70th. We have been there from the very beginning; helping build the Israel of today and continuing to support the most vulnerable and needy. Now is the time to come on board and support us! I look forward to welcoming you at our functions and in our office to volunteer. Help us take our great organisation forward to even greater heights in support of our homeland Eretz Israel.”

We have no doubt that all of these events will be engaging and exciting so contact UIA today on 1300 ISRAEL (1300 477 235) to book your spot as tickets are selling fast. Join our campaign so together we can continue supporting Israel’s most valuable asset – OUR PEOPLE!

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