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I am writing to you from Jerusalem as the war against Hamas continues to rage - both on the domestic front and in international media and public opinion.

Most of us are familiar with what is happening in Europe. But are you aware that 60% of the world's population live in East, South and Southeast Asia? And that by 2030, the region will contain 4 out of 5 of the world's largest economies? As a result, Asia is playing an increasingly critical role on the world stage - not just economically, but also politically.

In Indonesia (the world's largest Muslim-majority country and 3rd largest democracy with no diplomatic ties with Israel), the media barely covered - if at all - Hamas' brutal attacks on Israeli civilians. The Indonesian media narrative since the start of the war has been "Israeli Genocide in Gaza".

And in China (a country that has no history of anti-Semitism), the mainstream media and social media is suddenly rife with anti-Semitic rhetoric, and Israel was recently deleted from maps of the Middle East on mainstream social media channels.

Israel cannot afford to lose decades of gains and relationship-building with Asian nations and economies due to Hamas propaganda. There is an urgent need for public diplomacy efforts in Asia in general, and Indonesia in particular.

Over the past 14 years, the Israel-Asia Center has led the way in building future leaders of Israel-Asia relations across 14 countries, and equipping existing leaders with the tools, knowledge and networks to understand and shape Israel-Asia relations in business, tech, government & diplomacy, media, education and culture.

We are seeking support for the following initiatives over the coming months:

• ONLINE WEEKLY BRIEFINGS with Israeli experts for Asian media representatives, government officials, academics, policy advisors, business and civil society leaders in Indonesia, Singapore, India and China. [Nov 2023 for 6+ months]

• TRANSLATION & DISSEMINATION OF ARTICLES & VIDEOS INTO INDONESIAN that present Israeli perspectives on the conflict with Hamas - for Indonesian media, government officials, academics and policy advisors. [Nov 2023 for 6+ months]

• ONLINE ENGAGEMENTS to create meaningful conversations, questions, and support between emerging leaders from Israel and Asia (Indonesia, Malaysia, India, China, Taiwan, Singapore, Japan, South Korea, Vietnam). [Nov 2023 for 12+ months]

• 2024 ISRAEL-INDONESIA FUTURES PROGRAM - A 5-month online program engaging emerging and established leaders from Israel and Indonesia to promote understanding, generate meaningful dialogue, build bridges and practical P2P partnerships, and shape the future of Israel-Indonesia relations - in culture, education, business and tech. [January - May, 2024]

Your financial support would help us accomplish these goals.

Thank you so much for your support.
Best regards,
Rebecca Zeffert.

Founder & Executive Director
Israel-Asia Center



THE ISRAEL-ASIA CENTER is an independent Israeli not-for-profit organization dedicated to building a more prosperous, secure and sustainable future by informing, empowering and connecting the Israel-Asia leaders of tomorrow.

We are the leading educational organization delivering:

- Leadership Programs – providing future leaders in Israel and Asia with the skills, knowledge and networks to become force-multipliers in strengthening Israel-Asia relations.

- Public education and thought-leadership – creating more Asia-informed leading Israeli decision-makers and opinion-shapers through programs and events that explore the future of Israel-Asia relations, key 21st century trends, developments and challenges, and how we can work together to co-innovate solutions.

Over the past 12 years, alumni of the Israel-Asia Center's leadership programs have hailed from 14 countries across Asia, and generated hundreds of millions of USD in investment from Asia in the Israeli economy, while playing key roles in strengthening Israel-Asia relations in business, tech, government & diplomacy, media, education and culture.


"The Israel-Indonesia Futures program changed the way I see Israel, it changed the way I see the future.”
R., Indonesia
(Israel-Indonesia Futures alum; Healthcare executive, Indonesian conglomerate)

“It's so important to maintain the bridges we have built. We have a promising future, and we have proved that it can be done - in the private sector and government...Being part of the Israel-Indonesia Futures program is mind-blowing and perspective-changing for Indonesians.”
A., Indonesia
(Israel-Indonesia Futures alum; Co-founder & Director, Indonesian financial organization)

"It's even more important - now more than ever - to build bridges between Israel and Indonesia."
A., Indonesia
(Israel-Indonesia Futures alum; Founding Director, Indonesian tech association & tech policy advisor, The World Bank)

"The Israel-Asia Center's leaders programs provides young leaders with the tools needed to make a difference between nations."
Vishal, India
(Israel-Asia Leaders Fellowship alum; Founder, India Cybersecurity Connect)

"The [Israel-Indonesia Futures] program must continue. It's a testament to our continued dialogue and ties."
Y., Indonesia
(Israel-Indonesia Futures alum; Co-founder, Indonesian innovation hub)

"The Israel-Asia Center is a community of visionaries, leaders, and most importantly family and friends. It has and will continue to inspire and push me to confront bigger challenges and reach for higher goals in life."
Howe, China
(Israel-Asia Leaders Fellowship alum; Co-founder, Procure)

"Negative sentiments in the [Indonesian] media is due to a tragic lack of understanding about the truth of this conflict. It would be good if you can make your briefings a regular weekly program so I can invite my colleagues from media and government to attend."
(Foreign policy expert, Indonesian parliament)

"There is an urgent need for Indonesian translation of news and videos presenting the Israeli perspective of the conflict and aspects of the conflict that the Indonesian media has omitted."
A., Indonesia
(Indonesian government official)


The Jewish National Fund in NY is the Israel-Asia Center's fiscal sponsor in the United States for US tax-deductible donations. All donations made through this page will be directed to the Israel-Asia Center.

100% of donations are tax deductible and receipts will be issued by the JNF.

Your support is helping us run briefings like these for Asian journalists & government officials. Check out our latest briefing with Amb. Mark Regev - Special Advisor to the Israeli PM

Check out this briefing we ran for Indonesian journalists and government officials on the situation in Israel and the war with Gaza, with guest speakers Amb. Mark Sofer and Emanuel Shahaf.


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