Jewish groups organized relief efforts following Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines, one of the most powerful storms ever recorded. Authorities said it is possible that more than 10,000 people died from the storm.
The American Jewish Committee and B’nai B’rith International are both contributing to Israeli relief organization IsraAID for humanitarian efforts to assist the victims of Typhoon Haiyan.
“It’s hard to even imagine the widespread devastation they’re experiencing in the Philippines. Each disaster has its own unique challenges and this one will truly be a giant undertaking,” B’nai B’rith President Allan J. Jacobs said in a statement...more
B’nai B’rith International recognized Dr. Jeremy Levin for his commitment to improving global health care, having worked for numerous health care innovators such as Novartis, Bristol-Myers Squibb and Teva. His solid commitment to philanthropy, community service and industry leadership are to be commended. Here are excerpts from his acceptance speech.
Your Excellency, Ambassador Ron Prosor, Mr. Allan Jacobs, My Friend Mr. Dan Mariaschin, My Friend George Aaron, Friends and Family, Ladies and Gentlemen, I am honored to be here tonight to accept this prestigious award. I would like to thank you all for coming and for the generous support many of you have given to this event and to the B’nai B’rith. Allow me also to express my appreciation for the exceptionally kind words of George Aaron and allow me also to say how difficult it is to speak after the eloquent oratory of Ambassador Prosor.
This award is indeed prestigious and bestows a great honor on those who receive it. It is an incredible accolade, an indication of making it to the top of one’s profession.
At its very core Israel is a country imbued with the values you so generously support, values that can never be forgotten, ignored or taken for granted. Some of you may not know my background. My parents vigorously opposed apartheid in South Africa and Rhodesia in the 1960's, and twice we were forced to leave our home and country. On one occasion the family was forced to flee in the middle of the night when my father received word that he was to be arrested the next morning. As someone who fled Apartheid and political oppression and who is part of a family that has committed itself to human rights, I know exactly why those values mean so much.
…To make this economy a world‐leading economy, I believe Israel must commit itself to focusing on unique internal challenges. These include educating all sectors of the society and continuing that education through higher grades, bringing into the economy the minorities including the Haredi, the Arabs, Druze, Bedouin and Ethiopians, creating the economic opportunities and conditions to reverse the current brain drain, stopping the hemorrhage of intellectual property out of the country, resolving the tensions that exist between the free market economy and the socialist based institutions, cultivating conditions for the young families of Israel to own homes, driving for best practices in corporate and government operations including adopting more rigorous and accountable governance standards, developing and implementing a clear philosophy of taxation and capital allocation, and elevating the level of the press.
This array of goals may sound daunting. But I believe that they are key to achieving a sustainable Israeli economy, an economy that will generate growth though high value jobs , one that will have sufficient revenues to underwrite its defense and domestic
needs, one that will have enough educated workers with the knowledge of core subjects required to staff those jobs and one that will have enough democracy and fairness embedded in it to secure the stability of the economy. All sectors of the Israeli economy must flourish for Israel to flourish.
Israel, a democratic nation, is important not just for Jews but also for all those who believe in democracy. And Jewish values are at the heart of this nation – the values that B'nai B'rith supports and encourages. The values we all should stand for. B'nai B'rith has stood as the voice of the Jewish people worldwide and as a staunch supporter of the State of Israel. Your impact on the citizens and the State of Israel is profound. And it is because of this that I would like to thank Dan and the organization for this award tonight – I am proud to receive this recognition from an organization that so fundamentally supports and cherishes core values that so closely match mine.
La organización judía B’nai B’rith Internacional se manifestó “asombrada” de que el Comité Olímpico Internacional (COI) haya elegido a Thomas Bach como presidente y consideró que debería “renunciar de inmediato”, debido a que antes se desempañaba como titular de la Cámara de Comercio e Industria Germano-Arabe, una organización que realiza un sistemático boicot contra el comercio israelí.
Aunque haya dejado la Cámara de Comercio el 16 de septiembre, la asociación de Bach con “la discriminación anti israelí es inconsistente con los ideales olímpicos y se mezcla con una organización envuelta en escándalos y controversias”.
B´nai B´rith consideró que Bach no debería cumplir su mandato de 8 años, sino “renunciar de inmediato” para que alguien “adecuado al COI y a sus principios” ocupe el cargo...more
La representación política de la comunidad judía argentina recibió con agrado la determinación de la UE por la inclusión del grupo libanés a la lista de organizaciones extremistas.
La DAIA sostuvo que “para la comunidad judía y la sociedad argentina en su conjunto lo acordado por los veintiocho países de la Unión Europea adquiere decisiva significación, ya que como es de público conocimiento la mencionada organización terrorista está acusada por la justicia de nuestro país de haber sido el brazo ejecutor de la masacre perpetrada el 18 de julio de 1994 contra la sede de AMIA-DAIA”.
“Los terroristas de Hezbolá, financiados y dirigidos por el régimen teocrático iraní, son responsables de múltiples atentados criminales cometidos en diversos países. La resolución de la Unión Europea señala sin ambigüedades el compromiso de no tolerar el accionar terrorista así como el de combatir su financiación y reclutamiento en territorio europeo”, expresaron en un comunicado el presidente de la DAIA, Julio Schlosser, y el secretario general de la entidad, Jorge Knoblovits.
Asimismo, B'nai B'rith Internacional felicitó a la Unión Europea por designar al "ala militar" de Hezbollah como una organización terrorista, pero sostiene que la totalidad de Hezbollah, incluyendo su "brazo político" - necesita también ser incluidos en la lista negra...more
After resisting the requests of Israel and the United States for more than a year after the Burgas bus bombing for which Hezbollah has been implicated as the perpetrator, the 28-member European Union (EU) has agreed to place the “military wing” of the Lebanese group on the EU’s list of terrorist organizations, Reuters reported.
The move will freeze assets Hezbollah may hold within the EU, but falls short of blacklisting the entire organization of Hezbollah as one entity. The EU’s designation means the body still considers the parliamentary faction of Hezbollah, which was not blacklisted, to be a separate political wing and not part of a terrorist organization.
“The EU decision to ban Hezbollah’s ‘military wing’ is an important first step, but it is not nearly enough,” B’nai B’rith International President Allan J. Jacobs said. “The distinction between Hezbollah’s ‘military’ and ‘political wing’ has been contrived—it’s a distinction unrecognized by Hezbollah itself. Without an across-the-board designation blacklisting the entirety of Hezbollah, this could prove to be only little more than a symbolic move without the power to significantly curtail the operations of the terrorist organization...more
by Michael Wilner
The State Department declined to issue a rebuke of the European Union for its new regulations barring member nations from cooperating with Israeli organizations and businesses operating in east Jerusalem, the West Bank and the Golan Heights.
The US instead reinforced its position on settlement building in the territories...
B’nai B’rith International expressed “outrage” in a statement to journalists.
“These guidelines clearly display the longstanding EU double standard and obsession with Israel to the point of outright discrimination,” president Allan J. Jacobs said...more
La organización B’nai B’rith Internacional recordó a las víctimas del atentado a la AMIA, en víspera de 19° aniversario al tiempo que transmitió su preocupación por el memorándum de entendimiento que la Argentina firmó con Irán en relación a la causa que investiga el brutal ataque terrorista.
A través de un comunicado de prensa enviado a la Agencia Judía de Noticias (AJN), B’nai B’rith Internacional consideró que el acuerdo transformado en ley por el Congreso argentino llevará a que “no se pueda hacer justicia jamás”.
“En enero del corriente año, Irán y Argentina acordaron crear una ‘Comisión de la Verdad’, un ‘grupo independiente’ que investigará el atentado donde murieron 85 personas y otras 300 fueron heridas, todo ello, a pesar que los lazos de Irán con la masacre son conocidos y están documentados”, apuntó la organización.
B’nai B’rith Internacional señaló que “en 2006, luego de una exhaustiva investigación, el fiscal Alberto Nisman detalló cómo conocidas autoridades iraníes dieron la orden a Hezbollah de cometer un atentado masivo contra la comunidad judía en Buenos Aires, y entre esas autoridades: Hashemi Rafsanjani, presidente de Irán entonces, y Ahmad Vahidi, hoy ministro de Defensa”...more
by Diane C. Lore
Staten Island Tech student Ashley Deng has earned a $5,000 scholarship, and the status of being a published author, as the top winner of this year's Diverse Minds Youth Writing Challenge sponsored by B'Nai B'rith International.
Her entry "We Are All Atoms"— which she wrote and illustrated — caught the attention of judges. Her win was announced on June 10 during an awards ceremony hosted by the New York Stock Exchange.
"It's great to see Diverse Minds still flourishing seven years into the program," said B'nai B'rith International President Allan J. Jacobs. "It's amazing how creative these kids are and what they can achieve when their minds are working toward a noble cause....more
B’nai B’rith International honored Major League Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig with the Distinguished Humanitarian Award on Thursday in New York. The award recognizes efforts to help a local community or the world in a person’s personal or professional life.
Selig has led Major League Baseball for more than two decades while also supporting cancer research and environmental and educational activism. “We are not honoring the commissioner here today for his corporate achievements, we are honoring him for his deep commitment and tireless efforts that have touched millions of Americans,” B’nai B’rith International President Allan J. Jacobs said.
The Jewish group presented Selig with a tzedakah box and a jersey with “B’nai B’rith” emblazoned on the front...more