This was the first Jewish Media Summit of its kind. The conference, which took place in Jerusalem from June 22 to 25, was organized by the Government Press Office, the Jerusalem and Diaspora Affairs Ministry, and the Foreign Affairs Ministry, in cooperation with the Tourism Ministry, KKL-JNF and the Jewish Agency, and it included three days of discussions and tours. The conference was attended by Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, outgoing President Shimon Peres, KKL-JNF World Chairman Efi Stenzler and many leading journalists. Greetings at the opening reception were delivered by the Prime Minister of Israel and the Chairman of KKL-JNF.
Thirty journalists from fourteen different countries who attended the Jewish Media Summit in Jerusalem toured the Negev and the Gaza perimeter with KKL-JNF, where they discovered the special challenges faced by the people who chose to live very close to the Gaza Strip border, and the many development projects
carried out by KKL-JNF with the help of its friends worldwide for the benefit of people and environment.
Besides being a fascinating factual excursion, it was also an opportunity for the Jewish journalists to meet colleagues from all over the world and exchange opinions and ideas. “We are from different places, but we deal with similar issues,” said Elsa Charbit from the Jewish radio station in Marseilles, France. “We all wonder how to portray our culture and our identity, while maintaining the required editorial objectivity.”
When the day ended, they all returned to Jerusalem to continue the Jewish Media Summit. Visiting the Gaza perimeter communities has definitely given the journalists a glimpse of a story that isn’t usually presented in the world media, the story of people who live near the border, who work and live in the desert, who are trying to live normal lives in a difficult place.
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