SALONS: BIRTHRIGHT PALESTINE?
With support from the Rockefeller Foundation, the Ostrovsky Family Foundation, and the Israeli Lottery Fund.
Producer/Editor: Danny Abel
February- April 2012
New Museum Triennial: "The Ungovernables", New York
Curated by Eungie Joo
Co-presented by: Artis Contemporary Israeli Art Fund and New Museum, NYC.
Director of Public Movement: Dana Yahalomi
Research and Development Agent: Michelle Hyun
Strategy & Protocol Agent: Alhena Katsof
Consultant: Daniel Miller
“…She’s [Yahalomi] formidable in person-tall and professional in a dark navy skirt and jacket, a billowing scarf around her neck-just the type who could convince a museum to let her stage a series of events, discussions and interactive exercises on controversial topics as part of a landmark art exhibition.(last month they discussed rebranding Park 51, the so-called “Ground Zero mosque.)”…
…”But Public Movement’s grand finale is yet to come. it begins with a vote at the New museum on April 15. “if the vote is in favor, then we will activate the last action of Public Movement in New York and hopefully start building towards Birthright Palestine,” Ms. Yahalomi said. “and if the vote is against, then we cancel the final action and no more” – her deepened-”no more of this project.”…” GalleristNY 11/18/12 By:Andrew Russeth
 Birthright Israel is a 10-day free trip for Jews between the ages of 18 to 26 who travel around Israel together on a bus. It was founded in 1999, sponsored by the government of Israel and American Jewish philanthropy. Over 300,000 people have participated in the program since its founding. Birthright Israel was founded in the hope to address the following concerns: detachment of diaspora Jews to the state of Israel, an increase in intermarriages between Jews and non-Jews and a need to sustain the Israeli-American Lobby, which for years served Israel with political advocacy and a great source of funding.