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Israel Model United Nations (IsraMUN) is a model united nations convention which takes place every year around August, in The College of Management Academic Studies campus in Rishon LeZion, Israel. It was founded in 2009 by two students from the college, who sought to bring the MUN culture to Israel.

History[edit]

In 2009, two students of law from the College of management participated in a MUN convention in . After seeing the benefits participants and staff gained from the convention, they decided to establish a MUN convention in Israel.

Structure[edit]

Committees[edit]

IsraMUN is comprised of several committees, which are subject to change from one year to the next. The first convention in 2009 included the Security Council, The Human Rights Council, The International Court of Justice, The second convention added the committee to the existing array, The third convention, under the "DiploMedia" theme, added an experimental committee called the Press Corps. In this committee, students of media and communications had the opportunity to become journalists. Each participant of the Press Corps was given a network, not a country, to represent (such as CNN, Fox News and Al Jazeera), and they were free to roam between rooms, listen to discussions and interview delegates. Each "network" produced daily newspapers and was active with live news on Twitter and Facebook. In addition, a fully professional television studio was prepared, and every delegate had to give an interview that lasted a few minutes, in which he or she explained the current situation in their committee and defended their country's stand on the topics as hand. The interviews were recorded and handed to the delegates at the end of the convention. Being a great success, the Press Corps committee will continue on as part of IsraMUN. the fourth convention intends to break the traditional committee boundaries, and for the first time to include a non United Nations committee- the World Trade Organization (WTO). Delegates of the WTO will need to be knowledgeable in both the economic issues and the legal issues that are a part of the WTO's work. In addition, the UNDP committee has been replaced with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), in order to address more pressing issues. Several of the committees will discuss, for the first time in IsraMUN, topics related to Israel and to the Israeli-Arab conflict and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Special events[edit]

In addition to traditional committee debates, IsraMUN has several events that add to the experience, knowledge and fun of the delegates. These are:

  • Ambassador's panel: A two-hour long Q&A session with representatives of different embassies in Israel, such as the United States, Egypt, United kingdom, Poland and others.
  • Keynote speakers: During the years, IsraMUN hosted a number of noticeable speakers, such as MK
  • Ambassador's brunch: Held on the Friday, each delegate brings food and drink from his or her home country.
  • Shabbat dinner: Foreign participants are invited to a traditional Jewish Shabbat dinner by their Israeli counterparts.
  • Excursions: One of the days on each convention is dedicated to a visit to Jerusalem, which includes Yad Vashem, the old city and the Western Wall. In addition, on Saturday there is a field trip to various destinations around Israel, coupled with activities such as kayaking. In addition, most participants stay at hotels within walking distance from the beaches of Tel Aviv.
  • Night life: IsraMUN participants enjoy the extensive night life of Tel Aviv. Most nights include parties with different themes, organized by the convention.

Staff[edit]

The IsraMUN staff is comprised on the basis of active students. Traditionally, half of the staff is Israeli and the other half comes from different countries. The Israeli staff includes members from institutions such as the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Tel Aviv University, Haifa University, Bar Ilan University and the Interdisciplinary Center. The foreign staff includes members from universities in England, Germany and the Netherlands, among others. The halved ratio is kept also in regard to male and female staff members.

Advisory Board[edit]