Many current and former students of the Foreign Ministry’s MASHAV (Israel’s Center for International Cooperation program) have been sending messages of solidarity and prayer since the beginning of the war, many of them expressing their desire to help Israel in its public diplomacy efforts around the world.
“The argument that Israel’s response is excessive is unbelievable. Should Israel sit back and let its citizens be bombarded and more soldiers be kidnapped before hitting the Hamas or Hizballah? Israel is defending itself, and offense is the best kind of defense,” wrote Simeon Alozoiva from Nigeria who participated in a MASHAV communications course at the Carmel Institute in Haifa this year.
Alozoiva addressed the letter to his colleagues and other journalists who participated in the course and added, “Let’s pray for Israel.”
MASHAV added that its different affiliates, especially the Carmel Institute in Haifa, have been receiving dozens of e-mails from their alumni expressing solidarity with Israel and its cause.
Students who are currently in Israel doing their courses have also expressed their support in many different ways. In a graduation ceremony of an agricultural training course in the MASHAV affiliate in Shefayim which included 19 students from Africa, the Head of Veterinary Services of Cameroon suddenly stood up and said a prayer for Israel’s peace in French. Another student from Senegal stood up right after him and said the prayer in Arabic.
The conclusion of another course which began at the Carmel Institute and was moved to Jerusalem because of the war was also very emotional. The representative of the students, who came from 11 different countries in Latin America, and were caught in this difficult situation, held an emotional speech which included words of support and encouragement.