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Hollywood Superstar, Emmanuelle Chriqui becomes its Global Peace Ambassador 07/08/21: In response to a dramatic spike in Antisemitism, hate and intolerance and a global decline in human rights, a new Canadian global organization is setting its sights on formally launching this fall. The Abraham Global Peace Initiative is a new global voice for humanity projecting Canadian values of freedom, peace and human rights into global hotspots. A high-profile group of Canadian and international leaders is assembling around the initiative with an objective of moving the needle when it comes to combating international Antisemitism, standing up for Israel and advancing global human rights. The organization has already begun attracting Hollywood superstars like Emmanuelle Chriqui (from You don’t mess with the Zohan, Entourage and Superman) who will become its Global Peace Ambassador.

Canadian leaders like media mogul and Canadian icon, Paul Godfrey (serving as the Honourary Chair); to current and former political leaders like Minister of Public Safety and Security, The Hon. Bill Blair and former Minister of Foreign Affairs, Minister of Justice and Attorney General and Minister of National Defence, The Hon. Peter MacKay. Other esteemed Canadian leaders involved include, one of Canada’s most decorated military leaders, Lieutenant General Charles Bouchard, who has also held leadership roles in Nato and Norad; the former Lt. Governor General of Ontario, His Excellency Mr. David Onley; The Hon. Stockwell Day; The Hon. Tim Uppal and long-standing Minister of Parliament David Sweet. Former Cabinet Minister and now City of Vaughan Mayor The Hon. Maurizio Bevilacqua as is Dr. Shawna Coxon, former Deputy Toronto Police Chief and now is also Deputy Commissioner in Dublin and Halton Police Chief, Steven Tanner. We are proud to also welcome former OPP Commissioner Vince Hawkes, now Director of International Policing. Joining the foundation’s board of directors among high profile leaders in law enforcement, business and professional experts. Holocaust survivor, best selling author and winner of multiple awards, Max Eisen will serve on its advisory board and as an honourary member. The organization is assembling a lengthy list of Global Advisors, and will release those names and many others over the next number of weeks.

The organization has established a Board of Directors; A Canadian National Advisory Board, a Board of Governors and an International Board of Advisors to provide breadth and depth to what is anticipated to become a world-class organization over the next several years. Its President, Mark Teitelbaum is a well respected community and business leader who is complimented by two high profile lawyers – taking on the role as Vice Presidents - Leora Shemesh and Justin Linden. A substantive team of incoming board members who operate at the highest levels as professionals and in legal and business affairs.

Quote from the President Mark Teitelbaum: “Nearly all my extended family was murdered in the Holocaust. I know we cannot rest on our laurels. We need new and innovative approaches to protect our freedom. The Abraham Global Peace Initiative is truly unique in its ambition to bring people who want to make the world a better place together. We are surrounding ourselves with competent leaders, a strong governance body that is taking its time to build a new world-class organization that will honour the past and preserve the future. The world is our oyster and no matter where you are on the planet, we invite you to join us”.

Quote from Honourary Chairman, Paul Godfrey: “A proudly Canadian human rights organization that advances core Canadian values internationally is long overdue. It is my honour and pleasure to endorse and support this effort, especially at a time when the world needs leaders with a strong moral compass”.

Quote from the Founder and Chairman - Avi Abraham Benlolo: “What we aim to do is change the paradigm in Canada and around the world when it comes to human rights. We are going to take our time to build a solid institution and implement a long-term vision and strategy that will start changing the global narrative. Over the next decade, we aim to bring Canada to the world by building chapters everywhere; partnering and collaborating globally; Educating widely; fighting Antisemitism and Holocaust denial; implementing the momentum of the Abraham Peace Accords to reinforce efforts to build peace as we strive to ensure Canada and Israel remain strong and secure. We want to surround ourselves only with the best people”. The Abraham Global Peace Initiative is unrolling its agenda over the next 12 months. Its website is expected to be launched by mid-August or sooner. Its global soft-launch will take place on SEPTEMBER 9TH 2021 marking Rosh Hashanah (the Jewish New Year) and this will be followed by exciting programs and events. To be invited to participate in the global launch, please register at our temporary web portal at (home page). For media inquiries, contact our office at: 5700 Yonge Street, Suite 200 Toronto, Ontario, M2M 4K2 New York Office - 295 Madison Ave, New York, New York 10017 TO: 416-646-2196 Cell: 647-607-2973 Email:


About the Founder and Chairman: The new organization’s founder and visionary, Avi Abraham Benlolo has been described as the nation's most prominent and noted expert in Holocaust studies, in countering Antisemitism and promoting human rights. He has dedicated nearly three decades in executive capacities, was founding President and CEO of an organization in the Jewish community, has raised over $150 million for charities and is a leading voice in Canada. His academic research, graduate degree, Ph.D. coursework and nearly three decades of professional work has focused on these arenas in addition to peace and security in the Middle East. He has published hundreds of articles in these areas. In recognition of his national and international leadership in this area, he has received numerous awards including an Honorary Doctorate from Haifa University for his work in Holocaust studies and combating antisemitism; an Order of Vaughan for his distinguished contribution to anti-racism, equity and diversity; the Queens Diamond Jubilee Award for his contributions to Canada and a race relations award for best practice, based on distinguished service in promoting human rights. He currently sits on a Canadian task force on Diversity and Inclusivity.

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