B’nai B’rith International and the Permanent Delegation of Israel to the Multilateral Organizations in France will hold an urgent event on Dec. 13 in Paris to highlight the ongoing humanitarian consequences of Hamas’ Oct. 7 atrocities in Israel, “7 October Is Not Over: An Urgent Humanitarian Appeal.”
Expected speakers include preeminent French public intellectual Bernard-Henri Lévy as well as family members of hostages held in Gaza, first-responders who witnessed the carnage and a young survivor of the attack. Israel’s Ambassador Haim Assaraf and B’nai B’rith Director of United Nations and Intercommunal Affairs David Michaels will also deliver remarks.
As international focus shifts overwhelmingly to Palestinians’ conditions in the Gaza Strip, this event—falling during the Chanukah holiday and following the 75th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights—will convene diverse diplomats, journalists and others in order to maintain awareness of the atrocities perpetrated by Palestinian terrorists on Oct. 7. No less, it will highlight the profound ongoing plight of private citizens most directly affected by Hamas’ crimes against humanity and the essential need for Israel to exercise self-defense against terrorists perpetually imperiling Israeli, Palestinian and international civilians alike.
The Ziadna family, Bedouin from Israel, will be in attendance. Notably, two members of the family have been liberated from captivity in Gaza, while two others remain abducted. Another speaker will share their testimony about surviving the harrowing massacre during the Supernova music festival in southern Israel. Representatives of ambulance teams from the Hatzala and Zaka corps will also talk about what they witnessed and experienced.
The event will take place, beginning with a menorah lighting, from approximately 6:45-8:30 p.m. Paris time (12:45-2:30 p.m. Washington, 7:45-9:30 p.m. Jerusalem).
The Paris program follows an event last week held by B’nai B’rith and Israel’s Mission to the U.N. in Geneva at the Palais des Nations, headquarters of the Human Rights Council. The event focused on the dehumanization and violent hatred directed toward Jews in the context of the Oct. 7 onslaught. Read about last week’s session in Geneva here.
The Geneva and Paris programs have been made possible through the critical support of the B’nai B’rith World Center-Jerusalem.