“These meetings are a vital way to further strengthen key friendships while also holding all U.N. member nations accountable for how they treat Israel. The world body has long had two sets of rules: one governing how Israel is treated and the other applying to all other nations. This two-tiered system is unfair and unjust and must stop,” Saltzman said.
“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.