Teens in D.C. for lobbying lessons


Some 300 Jewish high school students are in Washington to learn to lobby.

The students are participating in the first three-day American Israel Public Affairs Committee High School Summit, which included lessons in subjects ranging from the Arab-Israeli conflict to public speaking to in-depth lobbying classes with AIPAC representatives.

They met with their representatives on Capitol Hill to discuss Iran, the upcoming peace conference in Annapolis and keeping U.S. arms sales to Saudi Arabia from being used to attack America or its allies.

On Tuesday, senior AIPAC lobbyist David Gillette spoke to the students about the history of U.S. involvement in Jewish affairs.

“The stakes are incredibly high,” Gillette said. “If the United States does not stand with Israel, then no one stands with Israel.”

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