Holds Dozens of Meetings with Global Leaders
A B’nai B’rith International delegation, led by President Gary P. Saltzman and CEO Daniel S. Mariaschin, has been meeting over the past week with dozens of world leaders on the sidelines of the 72nd United Nations General Assembly in New York.
During these meetings, the delegation has discussed priority issues including Iran’s sponsorship of terrorist organizations, the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, global anti-Semitism and continuing mistreatment of the Jewish state within U.N. bodies. The scheduled meetings have included those with King Abdullah II of Jordan, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and Argentine Foreign Minister Jorge Faurie, among others.
“We coordinate these meetings, in various cases on behalf of a broad coalition of major Jewish agencies, to make our views known, to speak out adamantly and forcefully in defense of the fundamental rights and interests of the Jewish people. On the sidelines of the General Assembly, these interactions provide a quiet setting to address some of the most pressing issues faced by our community and its friends,” Mariaschin said.
Engaging with world leaders is imperative to combating the anti-Israel animus that has become pervasive at the United Nations. B’nai B’rith, active at the U.N. since the world body was founded, is committed to holding the U.N. accountable to its essential founding values and aspirations.
In addition to Saltzman and Mariaschin, the B’nai B’rith delegation includes: Peter Perlman, chairman of the executive; Sheila Mostyn, senior vice president; Charles Kaufman, chairman of the B’nai B’rith International Center for Human Rights and Public Policy; Ira Bartfield, B’nai B’rith Center for Jewish Identity chair; Eduard Redensky, member of the Executive Board of Directors and B’nai B’rith Young Leadership chairman; Stephen Stern, member of the Executive Board of Directors; Michael Nachman, chairman of the Council on U.N. Affairs; Dr. Steven Horowitz, member of the Executive Board of Directors; Dr. Sandra Horowitz, member of the International Council of B’nai B’rith; Larry Magid, International Center for Human Rights and Public Policy board member; and Millie Magid, International Center for Human Rights and Public Policy board member. In addition, a number of students and staff from the Alpha Epsilon Pi fraternity (AEPi), a B’nai B’rith partner, were included in select advocacy appointments.
B’nai B’rith International Director of U.N. and Intercommunal Affairs David Michaels and Program Officer for U.N. Affairs Oren Drori are coordinating the meetings, which continue this week.