New York, October 18, 2012 – With the second of the International Engagement Program’s fall tours in the books, OneVoice Israel’s Or Kaner gave us a behind-the-scenes look at his time in the New York-metro area. He sat down and talked to OneVoice about what he saw and heard from audiences members and why he would go on another tour in a heartbeat.
OneVoice: Hi, Or. It’s great to have you talk with us. Now that the tour is over, what can you say is the most memorable part of your experience in the States?
Or: It’s not when we were on a tour event, per say, but it was a great moment, nonetheless. I really liked when I heard Amro talking to his brother on the phone, telling him “this guy (me) is against settlements, he’s an ex-soldier and he’s cool.” I thought this was great to hear and I don’t think I will ever forget it.
OneVoice: Do you believe that you were able to make the audiences understand what you do on the ground and what needs to be done?
Or: I think so. I used a lot of buzz words; I tried to explain the situation using personal examples combined with other related and pragmatic examples from the Movement. Once I got into the flow of speaking with audience members, many from different backgrounds, I felt like I was influencing and seeing a change in them.
OneVoice: How can Americans help you achieve the two-state solution? What can they do here in the U.S.?
Or: First, they can help by pressing their leaders to pressure our leaders. Second, they have to believe in the two-state solution, and through this belief they can create their own chapters in their campuses, thinking together and creating a change within themselves. This is a moral obligation for all societies and especially for the United States, the strongest economic power in the world. The U.S. has done it before and I hope they can do it again.
OneVoice: Would you go on another tour again and why?
Or: Of course! It is a great experience: it improves your English, improves your self-esteem, and it feels great because you are reaching out to others. As a project manager, I interact with a lot of people, so working on a different continent and speaking with people of a different culture makes it really interesting and I would love to do it again.