Avi Abraham Benlolo
Friday is finally here, wrapping up another intensive week for The Abraham Global Peace Initiative. Welcome to our newest subscribers this week who are joining our international campaign to stop Antisemitism, stand up for Israel and make the world a safe and secure place for all of us who appreciate freedom and democracy.
We started off the week with an impassioned discussion with the United Nations Relief Works Agency (UNRWA) education team based in Amman. We discussed with them the prolific antisemitism and incitement often found in the curriculum of their host countries. The conversation was intense and impassioned at times, but these are the necessary conversations that must be had in order to stamp out hate and intolerance.
In the shadow of this week’s visit of Israel’s Prime Minister Naftali Bennett’s visit to Washington to meet with the President, global peace was shattered once again with the suicide murder of over 100 people (including 13 U.S. service men and women) at Kabul airport. As I wrote in today’s National Post (see below), Bennett is in Washington to address what is undoubtedly the biggest global threat to the world today – Iran. Biden pledged to Prime minister Bennett that he would never allow Iran to get nukes. Can you possibly imagine the Taliban-like Mullah’s in Iran with a nuclear bomb? It’s the sum of all fears – literally. AGPI will continue raising voice and awareness about this major concern.
In some cases, the world is moving closer to recognizing that the status quo of bashing Israel in the world community is waring thin. This week, Bulgaria was another country that opted out of the so-called Durban IV Conference, citing antisemitism. It joins countries like Canada, the U.S., Australia, Germany, the UK, Hungary, the Netherlands, the Czech Republic and France. Logic prevails as our global petition to stop the conference is gaining momentum. If you have not done so already, please take a moment to sign it and forward to family and friends. Here is the link: https://agpi.ca/un-durban-petition.
In our continued interest to educate and advocate and bring awareness to campus related issues, AGPI’s Vice President Leora Shemesh hosted social media influencer, filmmaker and campus advocacy guru, Rudy Rochman. As part of our think-tank forum, Rochman provided an overview of some of his campus activities when he was a Columbia. He also shared with AGPI details concerning his horrific experience while filming in Nigeria. Along with two friends, Rochman was “taken” by Nigerian authorities and held in horrific conditions for three weeks.
This week, AGPI also responded to a number of emerging issues: We contacted police about an Imam in Victoria, British Columbia who gave a sermon at the Muslim Youth of Victoria Islamic Center describing Jews and Christians as “enemies” and disparaged the rights of women. We condemned Antisemitic graffiti spray painted on election signs in Aurora, Ontario and reassured the political candidates. This followed similar incidents in Montreal last week where Jewish politicians
were also targeted. We raised the alarm over the continued growth of Antisemitic attacks around the world including the assault on an 18-year-old Jewish man in Cologne, Germany for wearing a Kippah.
Finally, we were proud to be featured in The Times of Israel in a feature article that aligned our work with Israeli actress and author Noa Tishby: “The Abraham Global Peace Initiative is meant to counteract a glaring and enduring omission in organizations that claim to support human rights while singling out and demonizing Israel”. This of course is the very essence of this new and dynamic organization. I invite you to join us in these lofty pursuits. If not now, then when?
Wishing you and yours a Shabbat Shalom and a great weekend,
- Avi Benlolo