(Washington, D.C., Dec. 18, 2018)— B’nai B’rith International has issued the following statement: In recognition of her longstanding public service and stalwart defense of Israel at the United Nations, B’nai B’rith International recognized United States Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley with B’nai B’rith’s Award for Excellence in Diplomacy.
The award was presented today by B’nai B’rith International President Charles O. Kaufman and CEO Daniel S. Mariaschin at a private event at the U.S. Mission to the United Nations in New York.
During Haley’s tenure as U.N. ambassador, the United States announced plans to withdraw from the vehemently biased anti-Israel U.N. Human Rights Council, which consistently singles out the Jewish state for more condemnation than all other countries, and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, which Palestinians have exploited to deny Jews’ connection to foremost holy sites in Jerusalem. The U.S. also suspended funding to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees, a heavily politicized body that routinely demonizes Israel and helps perpetuate Middle East hostilities. Haley strongly defended American recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and vetoed U.N. Security Council condemnation of that just and important step. She also spearheaded and lobbied for a resolution that, while prevented by a procedural maneuver, garnered a majority of the U.N. General Assembly in favor of condemning attacks by Hamas, the Palestinian terrorist group that controls the Gaza Strip.
“Ambassador Haley was a valuable voice at the U.N. speaking truth to power,” said Kaufman. “We will miss her passionate defense of human rights around the world and courage in standing up against institutional anti-Israel bias.”
Mariaschin also praised Haley: “Nikki Haley has assured her place in the history of American diplomacy by her forthright support for fair treatment for Israel at the UN, and by calling out the severe abuses of the UN system, which accounts for the bias against it. She’s certainly deserving of our “Excellence in Diplomacy Award.”
In addition to Kaufman and Mariaschin, the award presentation was attended by B’nai B’rith volunteer leaders and staff including: Chairman of the Executive Seth Riklin; Steven and Sandra Horowitz of Chicago; B’nai B’rith Council on U.N. Affairs Chair Millie Magid and Larry Magid of New York; Stuart Cahn of New York; and B’nai B’rith Director of U.N. and Intercommunal Affairs David Michaels.
B’nai B’rith International has advocated for global Jewry and championed the cause of human rights since 1843. B’nai B’rith is recognized as a vital voice in promoting Jewish unity and continuity, a staunch defender of the State of Israel, a tireless advocate on behalf of senior citizens and a leader in disaster relief. With a presence around the world, we are the Global Voice of the Jewish Community. Visit www.bnaibrith.org
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