Michael Shepherd of Bank of the West gets honored in San Francisco this month by the Jewish humanitarian group B'nai B'rith, which chose the CEO of the $63 billion-asset bank for its 2013 Distinguished Achievement Award. The award, a tradition for more than four decades, recognizes leadership and community service...more.
B'nai B'rith Housing has proposed building 79 new condominiums atop street-level retail space on a city-owned parking lot at 28 Austin St. in Newtonville.
The Brighton-based developer, which has already developed the 33Comm condos in Newton's Chestnut Hill neighborhood, responded to a city request for development proposals for the surface lot with a plan for a single building containing one- and two-bedroom units, 85 public parking spaces and approximately 6,800 square feet of ground-floor retail...more.
The Washington Free Beacon: U.N. Stands for Crazy - 9/11 Truther invited to address United Nations confab
by Adam Kredo
A prominent Jewish group is criticizing the United Nations for inviting a 9/11 Truther who has accused Israel of committing acts of terrorism to address an upcoming conference.
Annie Machon, a former British intelligence officer who has said the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks were “an inside job” in order to spur war in the Middle East, is scheduled to address a June 6 briefing jointly organized by the U.N. Department of Public Information Non-Governmental Relations (DPI-NGO) and the Swiss government’s permanent U.N. mission.
The briefing, “Determined to Save Succeeding Generations from the Scourge of War,” will be held at the U.N. headquarters in New York.
Machon’s presence at the briefing prompted Jewish humanitarian organization B’nai B’rith International (BBI) to condemn her conspiratorial views.
“It is unimaginably inappropriate for Machon to be speaking at U.N. headquarters given her worldview,” BBI president Allan J. Jacobs said in a statement. “To blame 9/11 on a massive conspiracy is vile and outrageously disrespectful to the victims of the attacks in the city she’s speaking in.” ...more.
More than 150 members of the Melbourne community have attended a “Drugs Without Borders: Rethinking Responses”, forum organized by B’nai B’rith Victoria.
The forum was co-hosted with The Brotherhood of St Laurence, Hatzolah Melbourne and Odyssey House Victoria.
Farah Farouque, a Senior Adviser to The Brotherhood of St Laurence, and former Journalist of “The Age”, as Moderator, Emeritus Professor David Penington AC as the Keynote Speaker, and a panel comprising Danny Elbaum, Operations Manager of Hatzolah, Dr Stefan Grunert, CEO of Odyssey House and Tony Nicholson, ED of The Brotherhood, surprised many if the audience with what they had to say...more.
B'nai B'rith International cited in the story to call for Richard Falk's removal:
Richard Falk, an official for the U.N. Human Rights Council, in an online commentary blamed the Boston Marathon bombings on “Tel Aviv.”
“[As] long as Tel Aviv has the compliant ear of the American political establishment, those who wish for peace and justice in the world should not rest easy,” Falk, the council’s special rapporteur on the Palestinian territories, wrote in an op-ed posted to the online Foreign Policy Journal on April 23.
B’nai B’rith International called for Falk’s removal from the Human Rights Council...more.
Richard Falk, an official for the U.N. Human Rights Council, in an online commentary blamed the Boston Marathon bombing on “Tel Aviv.” “(A)s long as Tel Aviv has the compliant ear of the American political establishment, those who wish for peace and justice in the world should not rest easy,” Falk, the council’s special rapporteur on the Palestinian territories, wrote in an Op-Ed posted to the online Foreign Policy Journal on April 23.
Falk, who has said the George W. Bush administration was complicit in the 9/11 attacks, also called the Boston attack “retribution” for the actions of the U.S. military in Afghanistan, Iraq and Pakistan. In recent months, Falk published an anti-Semitic cartoon on his blog and called for a boycott of Israel. B’nai B’rith International called for Falk’s removal from the Human Rights Council, saying that his “latest string of inflammatory remarks — whether it be on the Internet or in one of his ‘reports’ to the council — has no place in the United Nations and his continued presence at the UNHRC further undermines the credibility of the system.” ...more.
Chevy Chase couple Danial S. Mariaschin and Michal Mazel have spent decades dedicated to humanitarian efforts.
This Thursday, they'll be recognized by the B’nai B’rith International Board of Governors, which will present each of them with a Distinguished Humanitarian Award at the Sphinx Club in Washington, DC.
"The award recognizes their long-term and exemplary dedication in their work with B’nai B’rith and beyond. [The couple has] demonstrated personal and professional commitments that embody the very core of Tikkun Olam—making the world a better place," according to a news release from B’nai B’rith International, which describes itself as "the Global Voice of the Jewish Community, [and] the oldest and most widely known Jewish humanitarian, human rights and advocacy organization," founded in 1843...more.
The Telegraph (Calcutta, India): ENDURING SYMBOLS - The awareness of India in Israel is of a different kind now
by K.P. Nayar
Just when it appeared that India-Israel relations had hit a plateau, a trailblazing project is under way which has the potential to change the bilateral relationship from one that is still largely cloak-and-dagger and under-cover to one the two peoples can genuinely embrace.
When the documentary, Shalom Bollywood, by the Australian academic and filmmaker, Danny Ben-Moshe, is completed and released, hopefully later this year, it may well be possible to draw a parallel between the engagement of each other by New Delhi and Tel Aviv on the one hand and India’s legendary people-to-people relationship with the Soviet Union on the other.
Ben-Moshe’s talk at the embassy, headlined “The 100th anniversary of Indian cinema: the Jewish story” and supported by B’nai B’rith International, a 170 year-old Jewish advocacy organization...more.