Former B’nai B’rith President Authors Book “The Hague Odyssey” on Israel’s Struggle for Security and Equal Treatment at U.N.
Former B’nai B’rith International President and current Honorary President Richard D. Heideman marked the publication of his book “The Hague Odyssey: Israel's Struggle for Security on the Front Lines of Terrorism and Her Battle for Justice at the United Nations” on July 31 at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C.
The book, based on many years of first-hand experience with Israeli affairs, explores Israel’s security barrier and its right to defend itself in the rough neighborhood that is the Middle East. Heideman, a prominent attorney, also tackles the tactics used by the Palestinians and enemies of the Jewish state to marginalize Israel at the United Nations and other world bodies.
Heideman served as international president of B’nai B’rith from 1998 to 2002, but his B’nai B’rith roots go far deeper than his senior leadership. Heideman served as the Grand Aleph Godol of B’nai B’rith Youth Organization (BBYO) during the 1960s. He is the founder of Heideman Nudelman & Kalik, PC, a law firm based in Washington, D.C.
“The Hague Odyssey addresses the challenges faced by Israel on the front lines of terrorism and her battle for justice at the United Nations,” Heideman said. “I’ve taken the liberty of examining issues and controversies that surround Israel’s construction of the terrorism prevention security fence, which became the centerpiece of action at the United Nations and at the International Court of Justice, confronting and, in some respects, condemning Israel’s rights and obligations as a responsible nation state of the world.”
Speaking at the book launch, B’nai B’rith International Executive Vice President Daniel S. Mariaschin said: “Those looking not just for the history of how this case developed, but for the real time argument needed daily in a world of sanctions and delegitmization, will find ‘The Hague Odyssey’ indispensible. Richard Heideman has been a tireless and articulate campaigner and advocate for Israel’s place in the world, and for strong U.S.-Israel relations.”
More information on “The Hague Odyssey” can be found on the official website and it is available for purchase on Amazon.com.