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About: The Abraham Global Peace Initiative (AGPI) is a Canadian global human rights organization that promotes peace and defends freedom. It counters Antisemitism, racism and discrimination; focuses on Holocaust remembrance and distortion; stands up for Canada and Israel in the court of public opinion, defends religious freedom and promotes universal human rights. AGPI is based on the guiding values, principles and philosophies of its Founder and Chairman, Avi Abraham Benlolo.
10/26/21: On behalf of its Board of Directors and National Board of Advisors, The Abraham Global Peace (AGPI) Initiative today welcomed the announcement of members of Canada’s new cabinet, following this fall’s election. The Cabinet forms the Government of Canada.
AGPI congratulates all 38 cabinet members and wishes them well and success in working to move our nation forward. “Our organization is particularly delighted that The Hon. Bill Blair, one of AGPI’s National Advisors, will become the President of the Queens Privy Council for Canada and Ministry of Emergency and Preparedness” said AGPI’s Founder and Chairman, Avi Abraham Benlolo.
Given the surging Antisemitism across the country AGPI is calling on the new cabinet to work harder to combat this pernicious hatred at home. Canada can also play a pivotal role globally in advancing the fight against the defamation of Israel at the United Nations and the International Human Rights Council.
Given our nation’s advancement of human rights and advocacy against racism and intolerance, Canada’s new Minister of Foreign Affairs, Melanie Joly, can play a unique role on the world stage to press upon and influence the world community to adhere to these values.
AGPI wishes Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, Chrystia Freeland and the entire cabinet success in advancing Canada’s interests and promoting freedom, peace and human rights.
About: The Abraham Global Peace Initiative is a non-partisan Canadian human rights organization that advances freedom and democracy; counters antisemitism and Holocaust distortion and speaks out in support of Canada’s allies including The State of Israel. Visit us at www.agpi.ca to learn more.
10/26/21: The Abraham Global Peace Initiative (AGPI) condemns antisemitic incidents that have occurred in just the past few days.
In the US state of Maryland, a judge has agreed to add a “terrorism enhancement” to the trial of a former member of the Canadian Armed Forces, who has been linked to a neo-Nazi plot to attack a rally in Virginia. Also in the U.S., a new survey revealed that a third of the country’s Jews changed their behavior because of antisemitism. Such changes include avoiding wearing or displaying anything that could identify them as Jews.
In addition, a Jewish man was assaulted in the New York City borough of Brooklyn by two men shouting antisemitic insults. Brooklyn is home to a large Jewish community of more than 500,000. Continuing with antisemitism in the U.S., the Department of Justice has filed a complaint against a Montana man for making “robocalls” which contained discriminatory remarks against Jews and other minorities. In Austin, Texas, racist and antisemitic slogans and symbols were found in several parking lots at a local high school. And in Virginia, the Graduate Student Senate at Virginia Tech has endorsed an “academic and cultural” boycott of Israel.
In Europe, Sweden’s National Agency for Education has reportedly recommended that teachers make students try and prove that the Holocaust did not happen as part of an effort to make them understand conspiracy theories. In the United Kingdom, the Green Party of England and Wales, while adopting the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) definition of antisemitism, also adopted the contradictory Jerusalem Declaration that allows for the support of the antisemitic Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement. In France, a French Parliamentary Inquiry was told that police could have prevented the antisemitic murder of Sarah Halimi, which occurred in April 2017.
Finally, in the South American country of Chile, a newspaper drew condemnation for publishing a tribute to Nazi war criminal Hermann Goring, who was part of Hitler’s inner circle.
The AGPI condemns all of the above-mentioned antisemitic incidents, but also notes and commends a positive development in the fight against antisemitism in the US state of Florida, which is set to stop investing in Unilever, the parent company of Ben & Jerry’s, over the ice cream maker’s decision not to sell its products in the eastern part of Jerusalem or the West Bank in an act of boycott against the Jewish state.
0/25/21: The Abraham Global Peace Initiative (AGPI) condemns antisemitic incidents that have occurred over the past 10 days.
Here in Canada, staff working for a business located in Nanaimo, British Columbia, discovered a large red swastika sprayed on the window of the establishment on the morning of October 15th. This incident took place just two days after a swastika was found drawn into cement in the area of Cameron Island, also in British Columbia. Police believe the two incidents may be connected.
In the US state of California, posters from the neo-Nazi group Aryan Nation, containing images of Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler and the words, “Hitler was right” were found plastered on a synagogue in the town of Carmichael, located in Sacramento County, on Wednesday, October 20th. The posters also contained anti-LGBTQ hate speech and antisemitic caricatures. In Alaska, a Jewish museum in the city of Anchorage has been the target of repeated acts of antisemitic vandalism, which have been condemned by other museums across the state. In Washington DC, the local chapter of the environmental group, the Sunrise Movement, pulled out of a voting rights protest because of the presence of pro-Israel organizations, referring to the State of Israel as a “colonial project”. The national organization of the Sunrise Movement has since called the actions of its Washington DC chapter “antisemitic and unacceptable”. And in Texas, an antisemitic group called the “Goyim Defense League” hung a banner over a bridge near a Jewish community center in the state capital Austin that read, “Vax the Jews”.
There were also two high-profile incidents of antisemitism reported in the United Kingdom. In London, bus stops around the city were vandalized with signs that read, “Normal people boycott Israel”. The British capital, which has a large Jewish community of 150,000 members, experienced a significant spike in antisemitism this year. Also in the UK, an online service given by a synagogue in Manchester was interrupted by people bearing swastikas and shouting racist language.
The AGPI condemns all of the above-mentioned antisemitic incidents.
10/22/21: The Abraham Global Peace Initiative (AGPI) has concluded an intensive week of meetings in Jerusalem about critical issues such as Antisemitism, Middle East Peace and The Abraham Accords.
In so doing, AGPI held consultive briefings and high level discussions with United Nations officials, including the leaders of UNRWA and those responsible for the Middle East peace process.
Additionally AGPI engaged with Israel's Foreign Ministry in dialogue concerning the rising tide of Antisemitism and defamation and delegitimization campaigns against the State of Israel.
As a Canadian organization, members of AGPI's Board of Governors met with Canada's Ambassador to Israel, who reaffirmed Canada's support of the State of Israel
AGPI has an additional round of meetings next week with Israeli leaders and senior representative. At these meetings, AGPI will reaffirm its position of standing with Israel, combating Antisemitism and paving the way forward for peace.
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10/20/21: The Abraham Global Peace Initiative (AGPI) is disturbed by reports about a senior leader in Thunder Bay Ontario having posted Nazi imagery on his social media. The report initially provided by CBC News said it “found images of swastikas, Nazi-related memorabilia from 2012 on”. The report advises that the leader held a senior position in a community hospital and has since resigned.
“Its always disappointing when Canadians are found to have posted Nazi imagery on social media. Nazism is not only offensive to the Jewish community, but to all Canadians. After all, Canada fought against the Nazis to liberate Europe during the Second World War. Unless condemning it or educating about its evil impact and the Holocaust, there should be no reason to post Nazi imagey, especially given the skyrocketing numbers of antisemitic attacks” stated AGPI’s Chairman and Founder, Avi Abraham Benlolo.
AGPI proudly provides Holocaust education and recently launched a new exhibit called, “The Power of One” to showcase individuals who have fought against hate and discrimination and pushed through to make the world a better place. The organization is further hosting a major international conference to combat Antisemitism on November 7th. Please see our website for details at www.agpi.ca
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10/19/21: Everyone can make a difference if they are willing and if they try. The Power of One is a new exhibit being curated and launched by the Abraham Global Peace Initiative (AGPI) as part of its development of its Museum for Human Rights Collection. Thought provoking, it is meant to inspire and empower all people to take action to make the world a better place.
AGPI board member and Chief of Police for Halton Region, Steve Tanner says his police department will be among the first to host the exhibit at his headquarters. “We all have to be reminded about how each of us has the power to advance human dignity and to make the lives of others around us better. In policing, we strive to make moral and ethical decisions every day and can draw on the guidance of some of the noted figures in the Power of One Exhibit. ”It is so very important that we all do whatever is possible in order to fight against and eliminate discrimination, hatred, and racism on all levels throughout our society and around the world. Within policing we must stand for that at all times and we are here to protect all equally”
The exhibit is scheduled to debut at Associated Hebrew Schools in the next few weeks. Ora Shulman, the Head of School, commented, “As a values-based school, we are pleased to participate in this initiative to empower and inspire students to pursue their passions and make a difference.”
The pop-up travelling exhibit comprised of four 8x8 panels features notable figures like Martin Luther King Jr., Mahatma Gandhi, Anne Frank, Helen Keller, Mother Teresa and Malala Yousafzai - among others - who have each contributed or are contributing to making the world a better place. AGPI’s President, Mark Teitelbaum said: “Given our expertise in education and advocacy, our organization aims to circulate this incredible exhibit here at home and around the world. It’s perfect for schools, boards of education, civic centres, city halls and police stations. Really, it has very few limitations and is only open to our imagination”.
Dr. Neil Orlowsky, AGPI’s Director of Education and a contributor to the exhibit is developing curricula for schools that can be integrated with the exhibit: “The exhibit forces its audience to ask: What would you do if you were in the same situation? What choices would you make? Would you risk your life to save others? Would you speak out? How can you help change the world for the better today?”
As part of its mandate to advance human rights, AGPI is offering the exhibit free of charge and encourages the community to contact its office in order to book it. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org For more information about the exhibit, please visit us at https://agpi.ca/exhibit%3A-thepowerofone
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10/18/21: The Abraham Global Peace Initiative (AGPI) is delighted to welcome ROBERT LANTOS to its National Board of Advisors.
The board is comprised of leading Canadians from the fields of academia, politics, law enforcement, education, law and business.
An Order of Canada recipient, Robert Lantos is a Canadian film producer of Hungarian origin was born on 3 April 1949 in Budapest. He spent much of his childhood in Montevideo, Uruguay, where his family fled after the Hungarian Revolution of 1956.
Mr. Lantos has produced 40 feature films. His credits include the Golden Globe Winner and Oscar nominated Barney’s Version; Golden Globe and Oscar Nominated, Eastern Promises; Golden Globe Nominated Sunshine; Cannes Grand Prix Winner and Oscar Nominated The Sweet Hereafter and Oscar Nominated and Golden Globe Winner Being Julia.
A staunch supporter of the fight against Antisemitism, Mr. Lantos continues to be outspoken and proudly joins AGPI in standing against hate and intolerance on the global stage.
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10/15/21: The Abraham Global Peace Initiative (AGPI) welcomes Canada's announcement that it will appoint a permanent envoy to combat Antisemitism and Holocaust distortion.
Given that the Jewish community is the most targeted religious group for hate crime in Canada. Special attention is required given the growing threat of antisemitism in this country.
In announcing the position in Malmo at an international conference on Antisemitism, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said, "This is in line with Canada's commitment to promote and defend pluralism, inclusion and human rights,".
AGPI's Founder and Chairman, a long standing expert in the area of Antisemitism and Holocaust education said that this was an important milestone for this country. He expects that the office will represent the diversity of the Jewish community.
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10/14/21: In a front page article published in the National Post, The Abraham Global Peace Initiative (AGPI) Founder and Chairman, Avi Abraham Benlolo calls BDS censorship and a threat to freedom and democracy.
It's true that democracy dies in darkness. When we stop intellectual pursuits through ideological or political boycotts, we diminish the very essence of freedom.
Tyrannical regimes are notorious for engaging in this sort of censorship.
The Nazis burned Jewish books. The Soviet Union controlled the media. China controls what its citizens can access on the internet. In the same respect, the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement against Israel is attempting to limit the capacity of Jewish people living in Israel to engage in culture and information, thus hindering intellectual freedom and diminishing democracy.
Novelist Sally Rooney made headlines this week when she announced that she would not sell the rights to her newest book to an Israeli publishing house, which wanted to translate it into Hebrew. Her stance is apparently tied to her support for the BDS movement: Rooney says she is willing to have her book translated into Hebrew, so long as it's not published by an Israeli company.
The downside of limiting free expression and the interchange of ideas is that it weakens freedom and democracy. The Berlin Wall came down and Perestroika reformed the Soviet Union because information flowed. The BDS movement, does the very opposite of what social change demands. Its false premise that Israel is an apartheid state is a perversion of truth and reality, given that Most Arab-Israelis prefer to live in Israel because unlike its neighbours, it is free and democratic.
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10/13/21: The Abraham Global Peace Initiative (AGPI) Founder and Chairman, Avi Abraham Benlolo has been appointed to the Global Imams Council's Interfaith Network.
In a statement, the Council said, "we are honored to have you as a member. Your excellence has distinguished you amongst your peers, and we wish you every success in your AGPI initiative. We pledge that you have our full support, and we look forward to years of productive cooperation and contribution to the success of both our organizations. We beseech the Lord to continue to uplift you beyond expectations".
The Council says it is "the world’s first and largest international non-governmental body of Muslim religious Leaders from all Islamic Denominations and Schools of thought with a rapidly growing number of over 1000 members worldwide. We take pride in our diversity, open-mindedness, civic engagement, and community building".
In October 2020, the Global Imams Council passed an unanimous vote to adopted the IHRA working definition of Antisemitism. This was an overwhelming boost in the Muslim world to the fight against Antisemitism.
At the time, the Israeli Foreign Ministry said, “Israel welcomes the important step by the Global Imams Council (GIC) in adopting the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) definition of antisemitism. Religious leadership has an important role to play in marking a path for its believers, and the GIC leads the way in the struggle against antisemitism and in the building of bridges of peace and coexistence….".
"Our organization continues on the path of building bridges throughout the world with the Abrahamic faiths and all peoples. It is only through this process that we can eradicate hate and intolerance", Benlolo added.
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13/10/21: As an organization that advances peace and security for Israel and the free world, The Abraham Global Peace Initiative (AGPI) stands with Israel as it warns “time is running short” for the Iranian nuclear deal.
In a trilateral meeting with US Secretary of State Antony Blinkin and United Arab Emirates Foreign Minister Abdullah bin Zayed, Israel’s Foreign Minister, Yair Lapid encouraged the world to act to stop “evil Iran”. He added that “Israel reserves the right to act at any given moment, in any way”.
“Given the fact that Iran has already threatened to “wipe Israel off the map” and has advanced its terror activities throughout the Middle East, its time for the world community to act without haste in stopping Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons” said AGPI’s Founder and Chairman, Avi Abraham Benlolo.
10/13/21: The Abraham Global Peace Initiative (AGPI) is deeply disturbed by several antisemitic incidences that occurred over the past week.
In Canada, a demonstration in support of Palestinian terrorists was held in Ottawa during which demonstrators called for the destruction of Israel and held up pictures of convicted Palestinian terrorists. In Toronto, a law professor made a statement on his Twitter account comparing a Jewish judge to a virulently antisemitic Nazi jurist. He has since apologized.
In the United States, there were high profile incidences of public figures comparing COVID-19 vaccine mandates and restrictions to practices used by the Nazis during the Holocaust.
There were also several high-profile incidents of antisemitism reported in Europe. In the United Kingdom, a fan of football club Chelsea has been charged with a hate crime for sending an antisemitic message to supporters of a rival football club.
In the eastern German city of Leipzig, a Jewish musician was told to remove his Star of David Pendant if he wanted to be served at a Marriot hotel. He has since filed a lawsuit against the hotel. Also in Germany, a former Israeli soldier was assaulted in Berlin in what police described as an antisemitic incident.
In Italy, a leading mayoral candidate in Rome was called out for antisemitic comments he wrote in an article last year. He has since apologized. And in Belgium, the Jewish community is reeling from shortages of kosher meat because of the country’s ban on kosher slaughter, which was recently upheld by the country’s highest court.
There were, however, a couple of positive developments in the fight against antisemitism. In France, the country’s highest court quashed an appeal that cleared a far-right activist of promoting antisemitism in a rap video featuring images of several prominent French Jews being burned. In the United States, a new app was recently set up by various Jewish groups allowing college students to report incidents of hate on their campuses and receive support from law enforcement. A recent survey found that 74% of college students experienced antisemitism.
10/12/21: The Abraham Global Peace Initiative (AGPI) applauds Canada's government for its continued support of the fight against Antisemitism.
The Government of Canada has announced it will be joining the Malmo International Forum on Holocaust Remembrance and Combating Antisemitism.
"We applaud both the Government of Canada and Prime Minister Stefan Lofven of Sweden for organizing this important conference with a purpose to 'take concrete steps forward in the work on Holocaust remembrance and the fight against antisemitism" said AGPI's Founder and Chairman, Avi Abraham Benlolo.
AGPI's international conference to combat Antisemitism will be held on Sunday November 7th starting at 10.00 am Eastern. Registration is free. Please click the following link to find out more information.
October 12, 21 - The Abraham Global Peace Initiative (AGPI) wrote to Toronto's City Councillors today asking them to take action against displays that endanger road safety. This picture was taken on the Gardner Expressway in Toronto.
Following AGPI's protest, The City of Toronto says it will "immediately" remove the "illegal" banners and flags. The CJN reported that "City staff are responding to have the items removed immediately as a matter of public safety for the drivers below"
"While we live in a free and democratic society, provocative displays evoke a political and emotional reaction, which is dangerous to drivers. It is particularly shameful given the Antisemitic assaults in Toronto this past spring by pro-Palestinian demonstrators. Toronto Councillors must address this issue" said AGPI's Founder and Chairman Avi Abraham Benlolo.
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10/12/21: The Abraham Global Peace Initiative (AGPI) is deeply disturbed by the decision of online retailer Amazon to share profits from a book written by a Nazi sympathizer.
As reported by British publication, The Times, online retailer Amazon has recently agreed to share revenue from a book entitled The Fall of Western Man, written by Mark Collett. Collett is the leader of UK’s fastest growing far-right movement, who has denied that the Holocaust took place, and has made comments praising Hitler.
The AGPI is deeply disturbed by Amazon’s decision to associate itself with the leader of a racist, antisemitic movement, and allowing him to use its online platform to sell his racist ideology. As a major global corporation, Amazon has the moral responsibility to ensure that it does not promote hatred of any kind by selling products associated with people who preach hatred and intolerance.
10/11/21: The Abraham Global Peace Initiative (AGPI) is disappointed in the United Nations Human Rights Council for approving the so-called "Durban Resolution" instead of opposing Antisemitism.
The Durban Conference 20th anniversary was widely condemned by the UN General Assembly member states. because it fomented Antisemitism.
The UNHRC's vote in support of the resolution even while the UK called for a roll call and prevented the text's anticipated passage by consensus - is disappointing considering the accelerated rate of Antisemitism around the world.
The AGPI ran an international petition to stop the Durban conference and protest the Antisemitism that it brings.
New York City - 10/07/21: The Abraham Global Peace Initiative (AGPI) presented Canada’s Permanent Representative to the UN, Ambassador Bob Rae, with its First Annual Human Rights Award in a ceremony hosted at the Canadian Mission to the UN. The award was presented in conjunction with AGPI’s Global Launch in New York City alongside many Permanent Representatives to the UN and other dignitaries.
“Our organization aspires to carry Canada’s message to the world, becoming a moral compass for pluralism, justice and human rights for all. At the recent UN General Assembly, it was clear from testimony given by world leaders that the world around us is in greater turmoil more than ever. Over the course of the next number of years, our objective will be to bring the world together under one tent” said Avi Abraham Benlolo, AGPI’s Founder and Chairman. “From this perspective, we are proud to give strength to the Abraham Accords and motivate peace in the Middle East between Israel and its neighbours” Benlolo added.
In her opening remarks on behalf of the organization, prominent Canadian criminal defense lawyer, Leora Shemesh who serves as AGPI’s Vice President said, “it is simply the perfect place to launch this progressive, and exciting new organization – shared and celebrated in a room of talented persons who have been driven to ensure a better future for our children and future generations. Canada is seen in the world as a beacon of diplomacy that promotes human rights, tolerance and the respect of all religions and culture. Thus, it is incredibly fitting for our organization to share our country’s prime values of freedom and security with the rest of the world”.
“It is our honour and pleasure to bestow upon Ambassador Bob Rae our highest honour for his work in advancing human rights” said Paul Godfrey, AGPI’s Honourary Chairman and the Chairman of one of Canada’s leading newspapers, the National Post. “Ambassador Rae served as Premier of Ontario and Leader of the Liberal Party of Canada. His career spans a wide range of areas including recently as Special Envoy to Myanmar, as Special Envoy on Humanitarian and Refugee Issues leading to his report “A Global Pandemic Requires a Global Response”.
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Toronto - 10/05/21: The Abraham Global Peace Initiative (AGPI) is planning to present Canada’s UN Ambassador, Bob Rae with its First Annual Human Rights Award in New York on Wednesday October 6th 2021. The new Canadian organization will be presenting the award in recognition of Ambassador Rae’s exceptional championship of human rights throughout his career.
The presentation of the award will be held in conjunction with AGPI’s Global Launch in New York alongside a number of Permanent UN representatives and dignitaries. As a new global human rights organization with a mission to advance human rights, peace and democracy and combat racism and intolerance, AGPI is launching its global footprint in New York by meeting with Permanent Representatives of a number of nations and with various UN officials including the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights.
“It’s our honour and pleasure to bestow upon Ambassador Bob Rae our highest honour for his work in advancing human rights” said Paul Godfrey, AGPI’s Honourary Chairman and the Chairman of one of Canada’s leading newspapers, the National Post. Ambassador Rae served as Premier of Ontario and Leader of the Liberal Party of Canada. His career spans a wide range of areas including recently as Special Envoy to Myanmar, as Special Envoy on Humanitarian and Refugee Issues leading to his report “A Global Pandemic Requires a Global Response”.
“Our organization aspires to carry Canada’s message to the world, becoming a moral compass for pluralism, justice and human rights for all. At the recent UN General Assembly, it was clear from testimony given by world leaders that the world around us is in greater turmoil more than ever. Over the course of the next number of years, our objective will be to bring the world together under one tent” said Avi Abraham Benlolo, AGPI’s Founder and Chairman.
In addition to our hosts at Canada’s Mission to the United Nations, High level international representatives are anticipated to participate including Ambassador Noa Furman, Deputy Permanent Ambassador of Israe; HE Ambassador Mohamed Abushahab, Deputy Permanent Representative of the UAE and including Ambassadors from Austria, Hungary, Italy, Lichtenstein and the Slovak Republic among many others.
October 3, 2021 - In an editorial published in the National Post by retired Canadian Senator Jerry Grafstein and the Founder and Chairman of The Abraham Global Peace Initiative, Avi Abraham Benlolo, both leaders call for national attention to Antisemitism.
They wrote: "If there was any doubt that anti-Semitism as a social plague is being overblown, any uncertainties should be cast aside. What has happened in this country over the past couple of weeks has been despicable and completely out of step with the importance Canadians place on championing diversity and combatting racism".
According to Grafstein and Benlolo, "anti-Semitism in this country is no longer being practised solely on the margins of society. It is playing out before our eyes, so absurdly and uncomprehensively, that it is becoming difficult for many people to distinguish hatred of Jewish people from common everyday conversation. Conspiracy theories and double standards have become so commonplace they attract little notice".
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September 30, 2021 - Toronto, Ontario
The Abraham Global Peace Initiative today issued the following statement on the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation:
Today, we stand solemnly and in solidarity with our First Nations, Inuit and Metis Survivors and their families to honour the lost children and survivors of residential schools. This is an important day for all Canadians to acknowledge, remember and reflect the harm caused by some 140 residential schools operated in this country between 1831 and 1998.
AGPI continues to call for recognition and accountability and supports the work of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. At least 150,000 children from across the country were forcibly taken from their families and their communities and placed in residential schools. An estimated 4,100 children died in residential schools, but the true numbers are yet to be discovered. This year was especially painful as unmarked mass graves were located near residential schools highlighting the severe abuse and injustice caused to our indigenous communities.
Quote by AGPI’s Founder and Chairman, Avi Abraham Benlolo: “Our organization has made recognition of our indigenous peoples an important area in our pursuit of anti-racism and discrimination policies. In our mission and mandate statement of policies alongside our Bill of Rights and Charter of Rights and Freedoms, we have included the findings of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. We are also offering a workshop on November 1st as an introductory lesson about the Indigenous history of our nation (For more information, please visit speaker series at www.agpi.ca)”.
Today, AGPI’s Board of Directors alongside its National and Global Board of Advisors, Board of Governors and Women's Global Initiative - all comprised of leading current and former parliamentarians, mayors, law enforcement officials, clergy, lawyers and medical professionals and business and civil society leaders stand in solidarity and in recognition of our First Nations, Inuit and Metis Survivors and their families.
09/29/21: The Abraham Global Peace Initiative (AGPI) strongly condemns the British Labour Party for voting in favour of a resolution calling Israel an “Apartheid State”.
The British Labour Party, in their annual conference, voted in favour of a resolution that defines Israel as an “Apartheid state”. The resolution is being lauded by the BDS movement. The Labour Party claims to have taken action to root out antisemitism among its ranks, but this latest resolution indicates that antisemitism in the party is alive and well.
The AGPI condemns this resolution in the strongest of terms and calls on the Labour Party to stop demonizing Israel and promoting antisemitism.
Toronto - 09/29/21: Over 33,771 Jewish children, women and men were murdered at the site of the Babi Yar ravine in Kyiv Ukraine between September 29th and 30th in 1941 in what is known as one of the largest Nazi mass murder sites of the Holocaust. Overall some 100,00 to 150,000 people were murdered at the site in total following these dates.
The Jewish people of Kyiv were forced to undress and enter into the ravine where they were mostly machine gunned to death. Often referred to as the “Holocaust by bullets” – Babi Yar was one of many relatively unknown killing sites of the Holocaust. “Having visited the site in the 1990s, aside from a small memorial, the site was overgrown and largely unrecognizable as a place of horrific mass murder” said Avi Abraham Benlolo, AGPI’s Founder and Chairman.
Ukraine is marking the 80th anniversary of the Babi Yar massacre today. In a reckoning with its past, it aims to build a new memorial at the site and just last week its parliament passed a law banning and defining Antisemitism in the country. Its estimated that 1.5 million of Ukraine’s pre-World War Two Jewish population was murdered in the Holocaust.
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09/27/21: The Abraham Global Peace Initiative (AGPI) stands with Israel in its warning to the United Nations General Assembly today that “Iran’s Nuclear Program is at a Critical Point”. AGPI believes that Iran must be impeded from acquiring nuclear weapons if global and Middle East stability including the advancement of human rights is to be maintained.
In his speech this morning to the UN General Assembly, Israel’s Prime Minister Naftali Bennett warned the world about the “Mullah Touch”. Every nation that Iran touches, including Syria, Lebanon, Yemen, Iraq and Gaza is failing. Iran, said Bennett, is supporting nearly or all terror groups in the region with its goal of dominating the region under a nuclear umbrella.
Prime Minister Bennett also spoke extensively about Israel’s success over the Coronavirus and its trail blazing research. He highlighted Israel’s growing ties in the Middle East with its neighbours and projected that these ties would be strengthened and expanded. Bennett further thanked the 38 nations who stood with Israel against the "antisemitic Durban Conference" meeting held last week.
“Given Iran’s promotion of Antisemitism and action as a state sponsor of terrorism, AGPI is continually motivating state actors to take action. In fact, just this past week, my editorial in the National Post argued that Canada can ‘reach out, both directly and multilaterally, to try and break the impasse and bring the Iranians onside’. The natural lead on this would be America – however time is running out” said AGPI’s Founder and Chairman, Avi Abraham Benlolo
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09/24/21: The Abraham Global Peace Initiative (AGPI) is expressing its disappointment in a workshop held by the Toronto District School Board this week.
In an open letter to the Director of Education, the organization wrote: "Our community is utterly shocked by some of the statements apparently made by the speaker, particularly as follows: “I am an invited guest here today and I can say “Free Palestine” as many times as I want to….but this should not be so controversial particularly for a board that uses language talking about wanting to dismantle colonialism, dismantle white supremacy…what does the theft of land and the denial of people who are native to that land…what part of that is not jiving with your understanding here?”
If one was to deconstruct these offensive assertions, they appear to be suggesting that Israel is a colonial state that must be dismantled.
More disconcertedly, it appears that he is accusing Israel and therefore the Jewish people of “white supremacy”. As a people who have been historically persecuted and murdered for their religious beliefs, this assertion is highly offensive in and of itself. If the speaker is charging Jewish people with white supremacy, that is outrageous. Moreover, Israel is not a colonial state and it’s a scientific fact that the Jewish people are indigenous to the land.
In a letter to the board, AGPI asks that TDSB issue an immediate correction to these fallacies that were imparted to your staff and that immediate corrective workshop take place to correct these myths. AGPI also offered a presentation to the same group to impart the truth about Israel and the Jewish people – and answer any questions relating to the plight of the Palestinian people.
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09/23/21: The Abraham Global Peace Initiative (AGPI) is expressing its disappointment in Canada’s procedural deportation process. Accused Nazi war criminal, Helmut Oberlander died peacefully surrounded by his family while facing what would have been his last deportation hearing for lying about his wartime activity when entering Canada.
Oberlander was accused of being an interpreter in a Nazi death squad, Einsatzkommando 10a – a unit responsible for killing more than two million people, most of them Jewish. Canada’s justice system stripped him of his citizenship on four occasions and ordered his deportation. He maintained that he was conscripted into duty on threat of death.
“Canada’s war record on first admitting Nazi war criminals and then failing to properly investigate and then deport them is a national shame.
While victims of the Holocaust were brutally murdered, Nazi war criminals mostly died peacefully in this country surrounded by family. Many have literally gotten away with murder”, said AGPI’s Founder and Chairman, Mr. Avi Abraham Benlolo.
“Over the years, I have led delegations of Holocaust survivors to meet with parliamentarians in Ottawa to encourage them to follow through with investigating and prosecuting alleged Nazi war criminals. I have witnessed Holocaust survivors’ emotional pleas to parliamentarians to follow through on the Deschenes Commission and Canada’s promise to bring Nazi war criminals to justice in this country. Sadly, most Nazis have ended up dying from natural causes more often than seeing justice” Benlolo added.
The 1985 Deschenes Commission compiled a list of 774 potential war criminals in Canada. Of that number, only 20 individuals were recommended to act upon while many had never landed in Canada and insufficient evidence was available against 169 cases. In 1987 the House of Commons passed legislation that allowed for the prosecution of foreign war crimes and deportation of naturalized war criminals. Of these, only a handful were ever tried.
09/22/21: The Abraham Global Peace Initiative (AGPI) took immediate action over a sickening video that emerged from a school in North Bay Ontario. The video depicted grade 8 students from École Secondaire Catholique Algonquin, who, in uniform, are filmed marching together across the school's athletic field, and holding up their arms in the Nazi salute and shouting “Heil Hitler”.
In consultation with police chief Scott Tod,
AGPI discussed its utmost concern on behalf of the Jewish community. “Given our organization’s leadership’s nearly 30 years of expertise in Holocaust education and in combating antisemitism, we offered the North Bay community our tremendous array of tools including workshops, tolerance training sessions, curricula and resources” said the organization’s Founder and Chairman, Avi Abraham Benlolo.
Additionally, AGPI’s Director of Education, Dr. Neil Orlowsky holds two Ph.D.’s in Social Justice education and is complimented by a substantive committee of educators who are eager to address issues concerning antisemitism, hate andintolerance in schools here at home and around the world.
While local police continue to investigate and interview school officials and parents, it’s important for the North Bay community to cement education gaps when it comes to antisemitism and Holocaust education. “Our perspective at AGPI is a character centered pedagogical approach whereby students come to understand antisemitism and hate from an emotional intelligence framework first and foremost”, Benlolo added.
Even while the Jewish community makes up less than 4% of the Greater Toronto Area population, for example, it is targeted 34% of the time for hate crime. In other words, it is the most targeted religious group in this country. Ontario saw a 44.3% increase in Anti-Jewish hate between 2018 and 2020 and a 70.8% increase nation-wide. Those figures are intolerable and are being addressed by the organization.
09/21/21: The Abraham Global Peace Initiative (AGPI) is deeply concerned about a recent reported video that surfaced depicting grade 8 students from the École Secondaire Catholique Algonquin, who, in uniform, are filmed marching together across the school's athletic field, and holding up their arms in the Nazi salute.
While the video itself is alleged to be shocking, even worse the media is reporting that some in the group can be heard yelling various epithets such as "F*ck the Jews," and "Heil Hitler" without hesitation. Witness accounts say one of the participants played the Nazi anthem from an audio.
This normalization of antisemitism is troubling and points to a greater need to educate on how to recognize, combat, and dismantle hate, racism, and all 'ism's manifesting within school's and society.
AGPI acknowledges and commends the school's administration who, with the North Bay Police Service investigated the incident and will be working with the student to recognize the meaning and harm of their actions. It plans to follow up with school officials following the holiday of Sukkot which Jewish communities are now observing.
This incident follows an increase in antisemitic acts being normalized across our country and a year that has proven extremely stressful for local Jewish communities across Canada. AGPI offers Holocaust education workshops and speakers series and works with law enforcement in an effort to combat antisemitism.
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09/20/21: The Abraham Global Peace Initiative (AGPI) held a productive meeting today with the Jerusalem based Deputy for the Middle East Peace Process. Canadian Lynn Hastings is also the United Nations Deputy Special Coordinator, Resident Coordinator and Humanitarian Coordinator for UNSCO.
“As part of our mission and mandate to strengthen Israel, peace and security, we are forging ties with officials around the globe to enhance understanding and promote tolerance, justice and human rights. At the end of the day, we can solve the world’s most complex issues through dialogue and an effort to collaborate and work together” said AGPI’s Founder and Chairman, Avi Abraham Benlolo.
“As Canadians, I am proud that we are finally standing strong and proud in the international arena. Aside from its already impressive work, AGPI also empowers us to stand on our own two feet and be represented globally about some of the world’s most pressing problems. We are especially looking forward to our global launch at the United Nations in a couple of weeks, where our delegation will meet with international leaders” said Mark Teitelbaum, AGPI’s President and host of this morning’s roundtable.
Through its international work, AGPI also recently met with officials at United Nations Relief Works Agency (UNRWA) to discuss the allegations of antisemitism and incitement to terrorism in curriculum associated with the agency. “Given the fact that Canada allocates more than $90 million to UNRWA – one of the highest contributions – as Canadians, we can have a voice in pressing the agency for accountability and change” Benlolo added.
09/20/21: The Abraham Global Peace Initiative (AGPI) condemns the Islamic Republic of Iran for continuing to ban Iranian athletes from competing with Israeli athletes.
Iran’s Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, has recently reaffirmed his regime’s policy on banning Iranian athletes from competing with Israelis in sporting events. Iran’s Islamist regime has repeatedly resolved to commit genocide against the Jewish people by wiping Israel off the face of the Earth.
The AGPI condemns the continuing belligerence of Iran’s Islamist regime for preventing Iranian athletes from participating in sporting competitions based solely on the fact that they may have to compete with athletes that represent the world’s one and only Jewish state.
09/17/21: In the National Post today, The Abraham Global Peace Initiative (AGPI)' Founder and Chairman, Avi Abraham Benlolo charges that the Palestinian Authority's biggest mistake in recent years was the vicious rejection of the Abraham Peace Accords and the vigorous anti-normalization campaign against the Jewish state
"It’s the same old story. In recent decades, Palestinian leaders have done everything to keep their people desperate and underdeveloped by turning down numerous peace agreements. But their biggest mistake in recent years was the vicious rejection of the Abraham Peace Accords and the vigorous anti-normalization campaign against the Jewish state".
"It’s time for the international community, including Canada, to hold the Palestinian Authority to account. The Abraham Peace Accords provides the international community with a comprehensive peace plan for the Middle East, but any such plan must include the Palestinians"
09/15/21: The Abraham Global Peace Initiative (AGPI) accepts NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh’s condemnation of Antisemitism this morning with respect to the resignation of two NDP candidates accused of antisemitism on social media. Mr. Singh said, “I want to be very clear: their comments were completely wrong and have no place in our party”.
According to reports, “the party confirmed that Dan Osborne, the candidate for Cumberland-Colchester, and Sidney Coles, the candidate for Toronto-St. Paul’s, ended their campaigns and “agreed to educate themselves further about antisemitism”.
“Given the rising tide of antisemitism and particularly Holocaust distortion and false notions about Israel and vaccine supplies, the party and the candidates have undertaken the correct approach to rectifying the situation and issued appropriate apologies. Our organization is ready and willing to provide all political candidates with educational opportunities to learn and understand antisemitism” said AGPI’s Founder and Chairman, Mr. Avi Abraham Benlolo.
The Abraham Global Peace Initiative is a Canadian organization focused on promoting education and combating Antisemitism, racism and discrimination.
09/14/21: The Abraham Global Peace Initiative is proud to join with the international community in celebrating the one year anniversary of the Abraham Peace Accords. The accords were signed one year ago today on the White House lawn between Israel, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain. Morocco and Sudan signed onto the Accords weeks later.
AGPI will be marking the occasion formally at its global launch at the United Nations on October 6, 2021. The event will be sponsored by Canada’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Ambassador Bob Rae, and attended by a number of international ambassadors and organizational leaders including AGPI’s Honorary Chairman, Mr. Paul Godfrey; its President, Mr. Mark Teitelbaum and its Founder and Chairman, Mr. Avi Abraham Benlolo.
To mark today’s occasion, Mr. Benlolo held a conversation with Rabbi Dr. Elie Abadie, Senior Rabbi of the Jewish Council of the United Arab Emirates and President of the Association of Gulf Jewish Communities and the Council of Sephardic Sages. In Conversation, Rabbi Abadie praised the progress of the Abraham Accords and the success it has brought to the region.
Asked whether he believes there is hope for the Accords to expand to other nations, Rabbi Abadie responded by saying its “not a question of if but a question of when. In fact, the his Highness the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia has said that peace with Israel is a question of time – of when…and so I do believe that several countries of this region namely Saudi Arabia, Oman and maybe Qatar…might join the Abraham Accords.”
To view the complete conversation between Mr. Benlolo and Rabbi Abadie:
AGPI will continue advocating for and advancing dialogue with stakeholders in the region to reinforce peace in the region. To learn more about the Abraham Accords and our perspective on advancing peace, please visit AGPI’s thinktank series of articles on peace and the Abraham Accords can also be found at https://agpi.ca/peace .
09/14/21: Council of Europe’s anti-racism body issues recommendations to combat antisemitism on the continent.
The Council of Europe’s expert body on racism and intolerance (ECRI), has just published an updated General Policy Recommendation on combating antisemitism on the continent. “Antisemitic attacks – including in schools, vandalism of synagogues and the spread of antisemitic hatred online – are on the rise. This is a dangerous trend and European governments should join forces to counter such extremism in all its forms.” “ECRI strongly emphasises the role of education, including education about the Holocaust, in promoting tolerance and respect for human rights, and thus also in the struggle against antisemitism.”
AGPI calls on the countries of Europe to heed the call of ECRI and step up efforts to fight antisemitism on the continent.
09/14/21: The Abraham Global Peace Initiative (AGPI) applauds the efforts of Toronto Police that led to the apprehension of a suspect in a series of antisemitic hate crimes.
On Sunday, September 12, 2021, Toronto Police arrested, for a fourth time, a man implicated in a number of antisemitic hate crimes over the past few months, including repeated assaults and the use of Nazi symbols and slogans.
AGPI sincerely thanks the members of the Toronto Police Service for their continuing efforts to ensure that the perpetrators of hate crimes face justice.
09/13/21: The Abraham Global Peace Initiative (AGPI) calls on the city of Burlington, Vermont, to reject the Boycott Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement.
Burlington, the largest city in the US state of Vermont, is soon to vote on a resolution that would endorse BDS. Voting in favor of this resolution would be an act of antisemitism, as the BDS movement’s ultimate goal is “the elimination of the State of Israel.”
AGPI calls on the city council of Burlington, Vermont to vote against endorsing the virulently antisemitic BDS movement.
AGPI continues to monitor and respond to hate crime incidents on a daily basis. To report an incident, please contact us at email@example.com
09/13/21: The Abraham Global Peace Initiative (AGPI) is disappointed to note an antisemitic incident reported in Toronto over the weekend.
Antisemitic graffiti was found to have been spray painted on a building stating "Jews Ran the Slave Trade".
"Nothing could be further from the truth" stated Avi Abraham Benlolo, AGPI's Founder and Chairman. "Its these types of tropes that promote hate and intolerance and pit groups against one another. It must be widely condemned".
AGPI continues to monitor and respond to hate crime incidents on a daily basis. To report an incident, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
09/10/21: The Abraham Global Peace Initiative (AGPI) reflects on 9/11 in an editorial in the National Post:
"Many of us who lived through 9/11 suffered through a sort-of post-traumatic stress disorder. The terror attack changed our lives forever, twenty years on as we mark its anniversary.
There is no time limit on preserving our freedom and our way of life. This 20th anniversary memorial to the victims of 9/11 will come and go. We will keep taking our freedom for granted — ignoring the signs — until one day its too late. 9/11 must be a catalyst for action not for memory. We must let our fear drive us to renewed action.
09/09/21: The Abraham Global Peace Initiative (AGPI) applauds the decision of both New Zealand and Cyprus not to participate in the upcoming Durban conference.
The governments of New Zealand and Cyprus have announced their intention not to participate in the upcoming conference in Durban, otherwise known as Durban IV. This conference in Durban has repeatedly been used as a forum for expressing antisemitic views, and for unfairly singling out Israel for baseless accusations of racism.
The AGPI stands with New Zealand, Cyprus, and the 14 other countries who have decided not to participate in the antisemitic Durban conference, and calls on other countries not to partake in what is essentially a forum for expressing hatred against the State of Israel and the Jewish people.
09/09/21: The Abraham Global Peace Initiative (AGPI) applauds the government of Slovakia for apologizing for antisemitic laws passed by the country during WWII.
The government of Slovakia has issued a formal apology for adopting the so-called “Jewish Code” 80 years ago today, which stripped the country’s Jewish population of their human rights. The Slovak government expressed “sorrow over the crimes committed by the past regime.”
The AGPI strongly commends Slovakia for holding itself accountable for the crimes committed against the Jewish people by its previous leaders.
Toronto - 09/09/21 - The Abraham Global Peace Initiative (AGPI) is monitoring a deportation hearing for an accused Nazi war criminal this week.
The Immigration and Refugee Board is conducting a hearing for Helmut Oberlander, described as "Canada's last wartime Nazi". He has been accused of entering Canada fraudulently in 1954 by failing to disclose his alleged ties with the Nazis and membership of a Nazi killing squad in Ukraine and Russia.
Canada has stripped his citizenship four times. The courts overturned that decision three times. But in 2019 the Supreme Court of Canada refused to hear his appeal accepting that Oberlander entered Canada fraudulently after the war.
AGPI is calling for justice to be served at what is likely to be the final hearing in the Oberlander case. “We have been waiting and following this case patiently for many decades. The Jewish community and descendent families of Holocaust survivors have been waiting for justice to be served” said AGPI’s Founder and Chairman, Avi Abraham Benlolo.
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09/09/21: The Abraham Global Peace Initiative (AGPI) commends the efforts of Borussia Dortmund and Feyenoord for taking steps to fight antisemitism among their fans.
European football (soccer) clubs, Borussia Dortmund, based in Dortmund, Germany, and Feyenoord, based in Rotterdam, Netherlands, are using education to combat antisemitism among their supporters. Antisemitic symbolism, slogans, and chants have unfortunately become common place in the professional leagues of European football.
Therefore, AGPI commends the efforts of Borussia Dortmund and Feyenoord to combat antisemitism among their supporters and teach them that it has no place in European football. Furthermore, AGPI encourages other European football clubs to take similar actions to combat antisemitism.
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09/06/21: The sound of the Shofar is a call to action. As we renew our focus and energy for the coming year, we all have the responsibility of taking action to combat Antisemitism and be the voice for humanity at home and around the world. As a people with deep roots and history, we have never wavered from our connection nor our commitment to advancing human rights. At the same time, we cannot be silent nor paralyzed by fear.
During the assaults in Toronto this summer, I stood on a stage at Mel Lastman Square – a lone community leader – to defend Israel’s voice and condemn the violence against our community and around the world. I worked closely with police, brought together community leaders and worked around the clock to help individuals affected by antisemitism and provide tools and documents (eg. Myths and Facts) to dispel the propaganda levelled against Israel.
This New Year will be challenging, particularly on university campuses. If you have not yet done so, please sign our Campus Declaration Against Antisemitism. Moreover, in the coming weeks, as a voice for humanity, we will continue pressuring the United Nations about the coming so-called Durban IV Conference. Together, we can confront these issues in strength and unity. That’s why, I am proud of the incredible diverse tent of Canadian and international leaders that AGPI is building.
This Rosh Hashanah, make a personal pledge to join this fight. None of us can afford to stand on the sidelines. We need all hands on deck to combat anti-Jewish hate and the defamation of Israel. There is much each of us can do – and we can start by supporting and building The Abraham Global Peace Initiative – together!
Wishing you a happy, healthy, sweet and peaceful New Year,
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09/03/21: In the National Post, The Abraham Global Peace Initiative's Founder and Chairman writes about the anticipated “storm of anti-Semitism awaits Jewish and pro-Israel students at colleges and universities this fall.
With the Jewish New Year now upon us and students moving into their residences this week, we can expect another year of tension, anxiety and bigotry on campuses.
While the Abraham Accords defused and undermined campus extremism last spring, the Hamas war against Israel in May provided renewed imagery with which to bash Israel. We saw this play out on city streets around the world over the summer. Now with an in-person return to campus, extremists will bring their propaganda to the lecture halls”.
With this in mind, hundreds of people are signing onto AGPI launched a new Campus Declaration Against Antisemitism to reaffirm and reinforce the right of Jewish students (and faculty) to go to school without fear of hate and intolerance. Our declaration calls for universities to to act responsibly in protecting and defending Jewish students from harassment on campus. Please take a moment to sign the declaration here:
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09/03/21: The Abraham Global Peace Initiative (AGPI) is calling on members of the United Teachers Los Angeles (UTLA) to reject a resolution that endorses the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement against the State of Israel.
The BDS movement unfairly singles out Israel for unfounded criticism, and is a movement tainted with antisemitism. Passing a resolution supporting BDS will not only endorse an antisemitic movement, but will also make Jewish students in Los Angeles schools feel as if “their teachers are collectively poised against them.”
Therefore, the AGPI calls on the members of the UTLA to reject the pro-BDS resolution that is to be voted on in the coming weeks.
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09/01/21: This fall, The Abraham Global Peace Initiative is predicting a storm of Antisemitism on college and university campuses.
It began this past May during Israel’s war with Gaza and is anticipated to accelerate as students return to school. This increasing hostile climate is mounting with attempts to boycott and delegitimize the State of Israel.
This hostility victimizes Jewish students and faculty on campus. That’s why AGPI is launching a campus advocacy campaign to empower Jewish and pro-Israel students to understand their rights and to advocate for themselves.
At the same time, as parents, we must stand behind them continuously offering reassurance and strength.
Please take a moment to sign our Campus Declaration Against Antisemitism and share it with as many people as possible. We must not remain silent and continue to stand with our students.
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08/31/21: The Abraham Global Peace Initiative (AGPI) launched its Education Advisory Committee this week bringing together top educators to help propel the new organization’s local and international agenda of making the world a better place.
Led by Dr. Neil Orlowsky, one of the nation’s top human rights educators and Chair and AGPI’s Director of Education, the new Education Advisory Committee will help build AGPI’s new Academy for Human Rights. The Academy has already scheduled a series of exciting educational workshops to address the rising tide of Antisemitism in schools and promote tolerance, justice and human rights. Current workshops are available at https://agpi.ca/speaker-series and are open to registration.
In his address to the Committee, Dr. Orlowsky expressed AGPI’s educational philosophy: “As experts in education, we now believe that we have been doing Holocaust education wrong all these years. Instead of teaching good character, we taught information in a factual, linear method. For instance, we taught people how Hitler rose to power – but not how the German people were supposed to grapple with the ethical dilemma they were thrust into. We need to focus on character building first and foremost”.
AGPI’s Founder and Chairman, Avi Abraham Benlolo expressed that AGPI is developing new and innovative pedagogical methods to counter hate and intolerance. “Obviously, the rising tide of Antisemitism is an indication that we need to address this scourge from a different lens. Teachers and education in general is critically important in this process – and represents one of the tools that must be utilized”.
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08/31/21: The Abraham Global Peace Initiative (AGPI) is alarmed by reports that the United Nations is using its Holocaust memorial program to demonize Israel.
The Israeli delegation at the United Nations was recently informed that the UN’s Holocaust memorial program is to be used as a forum for unfairly singling out Israel for its treatment of its Bedouin citizens. It is “cynical and infuriating” that a program that is supposed to be used to honor the memories of the victims of the Holocaust is to be used to demonize the one and only Jewish state that was created in part to prevent another genocide of the Jewish people.
AGPI demands that the UN not use its Holocaust memorial program to single out Israel for unfair criticism when it should be used to honour the victims of the Nazis’ genocide against the Jewish people.
08/31/21: The Abraham Global Peace Initiative (AGPI) is very concerned in light of a report that hate crimes in the US have reached a 12-year high.
Yesterday, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) reported that according to data submitted by thousands of law enforcement agencies throughout the US, the number of hate crimes committed in the country in 2020 was the highest in 12 years. "The FBI Hate Crime Statistics for 2020 demonstrates the urgent need for a comprehensive response."
In light of the FBI report, the AGPI calls on all law enforcement agencies in the US to step up their efforts to combat hate crime.
08/30/21: The Abraham Global Peace Initiative (AGPI) is encouraged by the recent meeting between Israeli defence minister Benny Gantz and Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas. The AGPI hopes that this meeting leads to future moves towards peace.
AGPI is also saddened by the death of Israeli soldier, St.-Sgt. Barel Shmueli, who was shot by a Palestinian gunman during riots on the border with the Gaza Strip. Mr. Shmueli died in the service of his country. May his memory be a blessing.
The AGPI calls on members of the international community to condemn Palestinian terrorism, such as the recent use of incendiary balloons by Palestinian terrorists, which have caused numerous fires in the Jewish state.
08/27/21: The Abraham Global Peace Initiative (AGPI) applauds and commends the Republic of Bulgaria for deciding not to attend the upcoming Durban IV Conference.
The foreign ministry of the Republic of Bulgaria recently announced that, “Bulgaria will not participate in the UNGA high-level meeting on the Durban Declaration and Plan of Action (Durban IV).” The Durban Review Conferences have served as a forum for singling out Israel with false accusations of racism.
AGPI stands with Bulgaria’s decision and commends its government for taking a stand against Durban IV.
AGPI has been running a petition to stop the UN Durban IV Conference. To sign the petition, please click here.
08/26/21: The Abraham Global Peace Initiative (AGPI) resolutely condemns what appears to be hateful remarks of Canadian imam, Younus Kathrada, against Jews, Christians, and women.
In a video published by Memri, on August 20, 2021, Canadian Imam Younus Kathrada allegedly gave a sermon at the Muslim Youth of Victoria Islamic Center in which he described Jews and Christians as “enemies” and disparaged rights for women.
AGPI has contacted police in British Columbia, asking them to investigate the allegations and the video and advise if the hateful diatribe that is in contravention of Canada’s anti-hate laws.
The video is available here: http://www.memri.org/tv/canadian-imam-younus-kathrada-support-mujahideen-afghanistan-jews-christians-enemies
08/26/21: The Abraham Global Peace Initiative (AGPI) strongly condemns the decision of the University of Toronto Students’ Union (UTSU) to support a letter falsely accusing Israel of genocide.
On July 25, 2021, the UTSU voted to endorse an open letter falsely accusing the State of Israel of committing genocide against the Palestinians, reversing an earlier decision not to endorse it. This letter demonizes Israel and those who support, including many of U of T’s Jewish students. Ironically, the letter urges the university “to demonstrate their support and commitment to an inclusive campus environment.” But apparently, “inclusive” excludes Jewish students and others at U of T who support Israel.
AGPI condemns in the strongest of terms this outrageous and appalling decision by the UTSU and demands it stop supporting one-sided, slanderous resolutions that may endanger the well-being of Jewish students at U of T.
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08/25/21: The Abraham Global Peace Initiative (AGPI) strongly condemns the antisemitic graffiti sprayed on election signs in Aurora, Ontario.
On Tuesday morning this week, police discovered more than 10 election signs vandalized with hateful graffiti in the community of Aurora, Ontario, located in the Greater Toronto Area. Following this discovery, two candidates came forward to say that their election signs were targets of the graffiti.
The graffiti included the word “Nazis” accompanied by a swastika. This incident follows a similar occurrence in Montreal last week, where election signs were also vandalized with antisemitic graffiti. It also adds to a string of antisemitic graffiti in the Toronto area that has taken place over the past two weeks.
AGPI resolutely condemns this abhorrent act of antisemitism. In the words of one candidate, whose signs were targeted, “Antisemitism and hate of any kind has no place in Aurora-Oak Ridges-Richmond Hill or anywhere in (Canada).”
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08/24/2021: The Abraham Global Peace Initiative continues to raise the alarm over the spate of Antisemitic incidents around the world. The following are some recent examples:
In Surrey, British Columbia, a local councillor was quoted as saying “You have to call out people on their behaviour, and their hate,” after a poster with white supremacist propaganda was discovered in his community.
In Cologne, Germany, an 18 year old Jewish man wearing a kipah was viciously assaulted by men hurling antisemitic insults, and ended up with injuries requiring hospitalization.
In Sofia, Bulgaria, a synagogue was vandalized with graffiti that included white supremacist and neo-Nazi symbols in a “shameful desecration”.
In London, UK, police have released an image of a man sought in the heinous, antisemitic assault on an Orthodox Jewish man and a child earlier this week.
At a recent chess tournament, the Junior World Cup, a 14 year old Mauritanian competitor dropped out of the competition, refusing to compete against an Israeli player. He was quoted as saying, “I decided to retire because I refuse to play with a representative of a fictional country that in reality does not exist.”
In Los Angeles, California, several police officers have been charged for committing acts of antisemitism, including spray-painting a car with swastikas and exchanging racist, antisemitic, and homophobic messages. The District Attorney of Los Angeles was quoted as saying, "We have seen an increase in hate crimes, not only in our own home town but around the country. And it's unacceptable, but it becomes doubly unacceptable when we have the people that are sworn to protect all of us who engage in this behavior."
AGPI condemns all the aforementioned incidences of antisemitism.
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08/23/21: The Abraham Global Peace Initiative was profiled in the Times of Israel for its work in counteracting UN biases against Israel.
The following is an excerpt from the article and the link to the full article can be found below.
"The Abraham Global Peace Initiative is meant to counteract a glaring and enduring omission in organizations that claim to support human rights while singling out and demonizing Israel. The Israeli actress and author Noa Tishby identified in her recent book the biases against the Jewish state not only in organizations like the BDS movement (Boycott Divest and Sanction) that obviously target only Israel, but also in United Nations human rights committees. As she elaborates in her bestseller, Israel: A Simple Guide to the Most Misunderstood Country on Earth (New York: Free Press, Kindle Edition, 2021), human rights organizations that target Israel in particular follow what human rights activist Natan Sharansky has called the 3D’s: Delegitimize, Demonize and maintain a Double Standard towards the state of Israel".
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08/23/21: The Abraham Global Peace Initiative strongly condemns a number of antisemitic incidences that occurred around the world this past weekend.
In London, UK, a man reportedly attacked an Orthodox Jew after attacking a Jewish child hours earlier. Footage of both attacks have been caught on camera. The first video clip shows a man punch a Jewish man, who was wearing Orthodox garb, in the face, knocking him unconscious. The victim was taken to hospital “with broken foot/ankle & nasty head injuries.” The second clip shows the same man who attacked the Orthodox Jewish man attack another person, a child, whom the man “viciously punched in the face.” Police are still searching for a suspect.
In Florida, a man affiliated with the QAnon conspiracy theory was identified, who has used “explicit Nazi propaganda, including outright Holocaust denial and a slew of conspiracy theories that often range from obliquely to explicitly antisemitic.” This man’s propaganda includes a 12 hour video in which he blames Jews for inventing communism to dominate the world.
The aforementioned incidents clearly prove that antisemitism is alive and well throughout the globe. Such antisemitism must be vigorously condemned, and actions must be taken to combat it wherever it occurs.
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08/23/21: In a high-level conversation with the Amman office of the United Nations Relief Works Agency, The Abraham Global Peace Initiative (AGPI) raised concerns with its education team about allegations of antisemitism, hate and incitement in curricula and by educators.
“Our conversation today was open and honest and sometimes impassioned. If we are going to educate the next generation of youth to believe peace is possible in the Middle East, we need to have necessary and difficult conversations about protecting Israel and the Jewish people from hate and incitement. After all, this is one of the premises of the Abraham Accords," stated Avi Abraham Benlolo, Founder and Chairman of AGPI.
AGPI impressed on UNRWA to include Holocaust education in its curricula in order to confront Antisemitism. “One cannot understand human rights, without understanding how the world failed all victims of the Holocaust,” said AGPI’s Global Chair for Education, Dr. Neil Orlowsky. UNRWA’s officials condemned Antisemitism and all forms of hatred.
Canada has allocated $90 million over three years to UNRWA and has repeatedly stated its concerns. As a Canadian international organization, AGPI will continue to monitor the situation and impress upon the UN’s leadership against antisemitism and delegitimization of the Jewish State.
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08/20/21: The Abraham Global Peace Initiative (AGPI) strongly commends the Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario (ETFO) for promising to fight the scourge of antisemitism.
This past Tuesday, the ETFO resolved to “establish a task force of the Annual Meeting to combat Antisemitism in Ontario. The objectives of this task force include, but are not limited to, examining ways to enhance the advocacy, well-being, and support for Members with a report to the May 2022 Representative Council.”
The AGPI applauds the resolution of the ETFO to combat antisemitism and calls on other teachers’ organizations to make the same commitment.
Furthermore, the AGPI is combatting antisemitism by offering tolerance training programs and seminars.
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08/20/21: In an editorial published today in the National Post by AGPI Founder and Chairman, Mr. Avi Abraham Benlolo, he writes:
"Over the last decade, the free world has been retreating from projecting and promoting human rights. In Syria, hundreds of thousands of people were murdered by a brutal regime. The free world failed to act. Russian forces marched into Crimea with little consequence from the west. Belarus is now clamping down on its citizens, while 1,000 people have been reported killed since the coup in Myanamar. America’s Afghanistan departure is a retreat of democracy and human rights. It green lights more atrocity and global instability. Our freedom is at stake".
The Taliban’s treatment of women is unconscionable. Even while it’s promising to change its evil ways, if the past is any indication, women will be barred from education, with girls being restricted from going to school."
Read the full editorial here:
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08/20/21: Statement by The Abraham Global Peace Initiative's Quebec Chair, Robert Presser:
With the launch of the federal election campaign, it has not taken long for the first instances of anti-Semitic behaviour to appear. Election signs from Liberal and NDP candidates in areas of Montreal with significant Jewish populations were defaced with swastikas and had to be removed. Party leaders have condemned the action – targeted primarily against Jewish Liberal Party of Canada candidates Anthony Housefather in Mount Royal and Rachel Bendayan in Outremont, both sitting MPs. This is nothing new in election campaigns, but it has started early and is likely to persist.
Overall, this is a difficult time for minorities in Quebec, not just for Jews. Muslims, Asians, people of colour, all face suspicion as “the other” in the post-COVID environment of uneven economic recovery that tears at the fabric of social cohesion. We will see how this evolves during the federal election campaign, with the vote scheduled for September 20th.
For Mr. Presser's full report, please click here:
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08/20/21: The following statement was made by Women's Global Initiative Co-Chairs, Genevieve Korman and Candice Solomon about the Situation in Afghanistan:
"The alarming takeover of Afghanistan by the medieval and misogynistic Taliban represents a tragedy for the rights of women and girls in that beleaguered country. A harbinger of things to come, images of women are already being expunged from public spaces and the Secretary General of the United Nations has said that the rights of women and girls are being “ripped away” in Taliban controlled areas.
Women and girls who had aspired to a brighter future with opportunities for education and participation in civil society now live in dread of the spectre of gender Apartheid and perpetual subjugation. Horrifyingly, there have been media reports of girls as young as 12 being abducted as brides for Taliban fighters and we are seeing desperate women throwing themselves at the barricades, pleading for sanctuary from the bleak future that awaits them under the new regime.
The AGPI stands with the women and girls of Afghanistan and calls on governments, NGO’s and all people of conscience to urgently mobilize on their behalf".
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08/19/21: The Abraham Global Peace Initiative (AGPI) has condemned the hateful graffiti incident at Beth Sholom Synagogue in Toronto. Hateful graffiti, including a Swastika, was scrawled on the front entrance of the synagogue.
AGPI Stands in solidarity with Beth Sholom, its Rabbi and its congregation. "When Antisemitism hits home, it is always shocking and becomes much more real. We cannot rest on our laurels and must continuously fight and be vigilant against Antisemitism" said AGPI's Chairman and Founder Avi Abraham Benlolo.
AGPI's President, Mark Teitelbaum, who is also a long-time member of Beth Sholom Synagogue has reached out to Rabbi Aaron Flanzraich to express his concern about the incident. Many of AGPI's members happen to be members of Beth Sholom.
AGPI's Global Conference on Antisemitism scheduled for November 7th 2021 will address the rising tide of Antisemitism locally and internationally. To register for this conference, please visit https://agpi.ca/global-antisemitism
Additionally, to continue combating Antisemitism, AGPI is offering a selection of workshops and speakers series to educate the public widely. It has also published a series of articles on the topic on its "Think Tank" Forum on its website. Visit us at www.agpi.ca
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08/18/21: The Abraham Global Peace Initiative (AGPI) continues to express concern over the shocking Taliban takeover of Afghanistan. AGPI is demanding that the global community take immediate action to stop the Taliban, before a human rights crisis takes hold of the region once more.
“After twenty years of advancement in education and of freedom and women rights, what we are seeing today is an abject failure of the west to protect human rights in Afghanistan. AGPI is calling on the international community to immediately deploy ground forces to protect Afghanistan’s women and civilians,” said Avi Abraham Benlolo, a noted Canadian Human Rights Defender and the Founder and Chairman of AGPI.
The Taliban is notorious for its harsh interpretation of Sharia law and punishment like public executions and amputations of alleged murderers and adulterers. The Taliban requires men to grow beards and women are forced to wear the all-covering burka. The Taliban is notoriously against women’s rights and have in the past, disapproved of girls aged 10 and over from going to school and becoming educated. Their notorious abuse of women has included flogging and public shaming in stadiums.
Even while the Taliban is claiming to now respect human rights, today, Taliban militants attacked protesters who raised Afghanistan’s flag, killing one person. Few believe the Taliban’s show of a moderate side – most people are weary and suspicious. Making matters worse, the Taliban is a notorious terrorist organization that supports and has a sphere of influence of additional terror groups such as Al Qaida. Already, Gaza’s terror organization, Hamas has become further emboldened by the Taliban’s takeover – sending the group its good wishes. AGPI’s mission and mandate includes advancing women’s rights, as it plans an international event marking International Women’s Day. The organization’s Global Women’s Initiative plans on speaking out in defense of Afghani women and in the promotion of freedom, justice and human rights for all.
08/18/21: The Abraham Global Peace Initiative (AGPI) strongly supports the efforts of French prosecutors to probe the use of antisemitic protest banners during demonstrations against France’s COVID-19 health pass.
At recent demonstrations in France, protesting the country’s use of health passes, demonstrators have brandished placards featuring syringes forming swastikas, wearing yellow stars or carrying banners bearing the word “Qui?” (who?), which has emerged as the latest antisemitic slogan of the far right and conspiracy theorists.
"Sadly and for some inexplicable reason, anti-vax campaigns and rallies have also included antisemitic content. We must confront this variant of Antisemitism aggressively and with the full force of the law" Stated AGPI's Founder and Chairman, Mr. Avi Benlolo.
08/17/21: The Abraham Global Peace Initiative released an international petition today calling for the UN Secretary General to stop the Durban Conference meetings this September.
The Petition states that the birthplace of modern politicized antisemitism was in Durban and since then, Jewish communities have been targeted on university campuses and elsewhere for boycott (BDS) and accused of apartheid (eg. Israeli apartheid week);
It charges that the Durban Conference demonized and delegitimized Israel – setting off a tsunami of antisemitism reverberating to this very day;
Most significantly, the world’s top democratic nations have commendably declared they would not attend the 2021 Durban meetings. These countries include – Canada, America, the United Kingdom, Australia, France, Germany, Israel, Austria, Netherlands, Hungary, the Czech Republic and numerous other European countries.
This petition follows AGPI's Founder and Chairman, Avi Benlolo's editorial in May commending Canada for boycotting the conference and asking the United Nations to "Dump Durban".
For a link to the petition please press this button.
08/17/21: The Abraham Global Peace Initiative commends the decision of Poland’s Court of Appeals to dismiss claims against Holocaust Historians for exposing the complicity of a Polish citizen in the atrocities committed against the Jews by Nazi Germany.
An appeals court in Poland ruled this past Monday that two historians accused of tarnishing the memory of a Polish villager in a book about the Holocaust have no legal obligation to apologize, overturning a lower court ruling in February of this year, in which the editors of “Night Without End: The Fate of Jews in Selected Counties of Occupied Poland,” were required to apologize for saying that villager gave up Jews to the Nazis during World War II. The original court ruling over the matter, had it been upheld, would have severely compromised academic freedom, and prevented efforts by historians and others to expose individuals who aided and abetted in the slaughter of 6 million Jews by Nazi Germany during the Holocaust.
The AGPI commends the decision of the Polish appeals court and expresses the hope that the Polish justice system will similarly overturn the deplorable decision, made by the Polish parliament last week, to limit restitution claims by Holocaust survivors and their heirs.
08/16/21: 08/16/2021: The Abraham Global Peace Initiative (AGPI) is pleased to welcome Genevieve Korman and Candice Solomon as Co-Chairs of its new Women’s Global Initiative. Advancing human rights includes advancing women’s leadership nationally and internationally. Their first major initiative in advancing women’s leadership is an international women’s leadership forum scheduled in celebration of International Women’s Day on Tuesday, March 8th 2022.
Both women bring forward an unparalleled level of leadership and expertise. Genevieve Korman graduated with a Masters of Business Administration and is an active volunteer who has served in various leadership positions utilizing her exceptional organization and communications advocacy expertise. Similarly, a lawyer by training, Candice Solomon practiced corporate finance, securities and M&A law in Toronto and has dedicated herself to involvement and leadership in a number of charities
08/16/21: The Abraham Global Peace Initiative issued a letter today to three Ontario Boards of Education expressing concern over PD days scheduled during the Jewish New Year.
In the letter issued, AGPI's Director of Education and Chair of Global Education, Neil Orlowsky asked Directors of Education to "reconsider the PD day scheduled for September 8th, switching it to a board holiday whereby you allow teachers to observe their New Year without fear or concern of missing pertinent school information and training".
AGPI is expressing this concern as a result of many teachers and community members reaching out to us expressing anxiety over the start of the new year and their ability to celebrate Rosh Hashanah.
08/13/21: In breaking news, The Abraham Global Peace Initiative is pleased to advise that Toronto Police has provided me with an investigative update in relation to a number of Antisemitic events that occurred in Downsview Park, North York, where they identified an offender and made an arrest.
Sadly, hate graffiti has become the norm as a way to intimidate and victimize the community – and inspire others to join hate groups or act as lone wolves.
AGPI's Founder and Chairman Said: "I commend Toronto Police for its continued vigilance against Antisemitic hate crime. Given my strong relationship with policing, I have offered AGPI’s tolerance training program for anyone arrested on hate crime incidents".
08/13/21: The Abraham Global Peace Initiative calls on Australian auction website to cancel sale of Nazi items and other items from the Holocaust.
On Saturday, August 14, 2021, The Australian auction site is due to hold an auction in which items related to the Nazis and the Holocaust will be sold.
The website will reportedly be selling items including a “Jewish Start of David” armband, a Waffen SS Cap insignia, and a hand embroidered retired Nazi officer shoulder patch and SS officer’s tunic.
“This profiteering from the proceeds of history’s darkest crime is beyond sickening. If the website took the time to think about the 1.5 million children murdered by the Nazis, perhaps they would think twice about trafficking in these instruments of death. If Hitler were alive today, he would be applauding for celebrating and glorifying his regime’s monstrous deeds.”
AGPI calls on the website and Australian authorities to immediately halt this aforementioned sale and condemns any and all sales of items related to the Nazis or the Holocaust.
Note, AGPI is not naming the website to avoid providing any publicity.
08/13/21: The Abraham Global Peace Initiative stands with Israel in condemning posts on social media likening issues surrounding COVID-19 vaccines to the Holocaust, and joins Israel in its condemnation.
Yesterday, the embassy of Israel in Singapore strongly condemned social media posts by a local politician in which he likened the issues of COVID-19 vaccines to the horrendous crimes perpetrated by the Nazis during the Holocaust.
As COVID-19 vaccines have been rolled out around the world, there have been many incidences of posts on social media likening questions and concerns around COVID-19 vaccines to the Holocaust. This has to stop, and it has to stop now. "The Holocaust was a genocide perpetrated by the Nazi regime to slaughter six million innocent Jews, and comparing the obvious health benefits of vaccinations that have benefited billions around the world is not only in bad taste, but is also Holocaust distortion by downplaying the horrors of the Holocaust," wrote the Israeli embassy in Singapore in a Facebook post.
AGPI Founder and Chairman, Avi Abraham Benlolo has written extensively about the growth of this antisemitic variant. AGPI condemns posts on social media comparing issues pertaining to COVID-19 vaccines to the horrors of the Holocaust, and furthermore, calls on social media outlets to delete and ban such posts.
08/13/21: In an editorial in the National Post today, The Abraham Global Peace Initiative's Founder and Chairman, Mr. Avi Abraham Benlolo says that the call to wipe out any other group in the world would be vigorously condemned.
On Toronto's streets as elsewhere, Pro-Palestinian groups have been openly calling for the genocide of the Jewish people. Just a few days ago, at Dundas Square, they chanted "from the river to the sea, Palestine will be free". This is understood as a call to cleanse the land of the Jewish people.
The 1948 Genocide Convention forbids direct and public incitement to genocide and even recognizes that in most cases, it is cloaked as a metaphor or euphemism. Even if genocide never occurs, the incitement is considered an offence by global standards.
Canada has stood up against the incitement of genocide in its courts and around the world. As a beacon of freedom and democracy we must disallow this kind of hatred on our city streets.
The call for genocide of the Jewish people has moved from university campuses, where they began, to city streets around the world. Universities have much to account for in allowing if not facilitating this hate messaging that is now becoming normalized.
"Incitement against Israel and the Jewish people on our city streets must stop being tolerated. All previous genocides began with words and slogans. Some people laughed and disregarded these calls. We now know better - much better. Silence is not golden" Benlolo added.
08/12/21: The AGPI strongly supports the State of Israel and joins it in its condemnation of the move by Poland’s leaders to limit the restitution of property stolen from Jews during and after the Holocaust.
On Wednesday, August 11, 2021, the Polish parliament voted to approve a law that places limits on restitution claims by Jews whose property was stolen by the Nazis during the Holocaust or by Polish authorities during the communist era.
This is a decision that prevents justice from being served in the name of Jews and other victims whose property was wrongfully seized from them by the Nazis and the communists. It is a decision that dishonors the memory of the Holocaust, and it is a decision causes significant harm to the ties between Poland and Israel, the State of the Jewish people.
Jews have lived in Poland for eight centuries. On the eve of World War II, there were 3.3 million Jews living in Poland, making it the largest Jewish community in the world at the time. By the time World War II had ended, just 380,000 Polish Jews remained alive.
The rest were slaughtered in the ghettos and concentration camps set up by the Nazis. During and after the Holocaust, many Polish Jews lost their property, as it was allegedly stolen from them by the Nazis, and later, by the communist Polish authorities. Preventing Jews dispossessed of their property and their heirs from seeking restitution is a miscarriage of justice.
08/12/21: The AGPI strongly supports the move by Israel and Morocco to establish full diplomatic relations between the two countries.
On Wednesday, August 11, 2021, the foreign minister of the State of Israel, Yair Lapid, and the foreign minister of the Kingdom of Morocco, Nasser Bourita, met together in the Moroccan capital, Rabat, to inaugurate the establishment of full diplomatic relations between the two countries. Foreign minister Lapid is the most senior Israeli official to visit Morocco since 2003. In December 2020, Israel and Morocco agreed to establish diplomatic relations under the auspices of the Abraham Accords, which were engineered by former U.S. President Donald Trump. During the Israeli foreign minister’s visit to Morocco, the two countries also signed three cooperation agreements in reference to diplomatic consultation, culture, and air transit.
The Jewish community in Morocco dates back 2,500 years. There are still 2,000 Jews living in the kingdom. There are also hundreds of thousands of Jews of Moroccan descent now living in the State of Israel and numerous other countries. By establishing full diplomatic relations with Israel, Morocco is reaffirming its historic ties to the Jewish people.
AGPI strongly applauds the decision of the Kingdom of Morocco to establish full diplomatic relations with Israel, and stands united with Morocco and Israel in their pursuit of peace between the Jewish people and their Arab cousins.
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Press Release: The Abraham Global Peace Initiative unveils its website at exclusive press conference
O8/11/21: After weeks of anticipation and an outpouring of community support, the newly founded Abraham Global Peace Initiative finally took a leap forward today by launching its website and its new distinctive branding and logo.
The website is now live and can be accessed at www.agpi.ca
The Hon. Mayor Maurizio Bevilacqua, an early backer and board member honoured the organization by pressing the "publish" button this evening - thereby bringing the website to life. “This organization has great influence and will play a vital role in addressing key issues that matter to the fundamental principles of human rights. Its Founder and Chairman, Mr. Avi Benlolo has a long track record of success and championing human rights and I look forward to working with him on this ambitious initiative.
AGPI's Honourary Chairman Mr. Paul Godfrey, spoke eloquently about the importance of promoting peace and human rights in our world today: "There is no greater urgency than now to build a better world".
Halton Police Chief and board member, Stephen Tanner agreed that in light if the surge in hate motivated crimes, "we cannot stand by. We must all come together as one community to promote tolerance, justice and human rights. In fact, we must go beyond tolerance, and we must honour and respect all people equally as we work toward the elimination of hatred and discrimination of any kind”.
The organization's President, Mark Teitelbaum said that he is proud of the content we are adding daily to the website: "It will become a global resource for anyone working in the space of human rights, combating antisemitism and Holocaust remembrance. As Canadians, we should be very proud of this initiative".
Its Founder and Chairman, Avi Abraham Benlolo, said that given the massive surge in Antisemitism in the last number of months, a global approach with a Canadian voice is necessary now more than ever: "Canadians deserve a new, innovative and influential organization to advance their safety and security on a global level. If you believe in freedom and democracy, in the safety and security of Israel and in protecting the rights and freedoms of all peoples, we invite you to join us”.
AGPI is planning an international launch in New York this fall among a number of exciting programs and initiatives. Its official launch is planned for May 26, 2022 at its inaugural gala.
08/11/21: The Abraham Global Peace Initiative calls on the government of the Australian state of Queensland to take steps to protect its Jewish population from hate crimes in light of an upsurge in antisemitism in both its neo-Nazi and anti-Zionist varieties.
A new survey conducted by the Queensland Jewish Board of Deputies revealed that a full 60 percent of community members had experienced antisemitism. Australia has a Jewish population of approximately 113,000, of which more than 4,000 live in Queensland. According to the Board, more than half of the Jews who reported incidents of antisemitism were either abused, harassed, intimidated or bullied simply because they are Jewish. The Board also reported that 15% of Jews in Queensland also reported hate-fueled incidents that related to Israel and/or Zionism.
Several prominent incidents of antisemitism have occurred in Queensland in both this year and last year, some of which have targeted Jewish establishments, and others that have targeted Jewish individuals. Some of these incidents include the use of Nazi symbols and slogans. It is also estimated that the number of hate crimes in Queensland could be much higher, as 9 out of 10 victims remained silent and did not report such crimes.
This under-reporting of hate crimes comes out of the sense that authorities will not act against them.
AGPI calls on the government of Queensland to take steps to combat hate crimes in the state. Such steps should include the banning of symbols of hate, such as Nazi swastikas, and a review of current hate crimes laws.
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08/11/21: The Abraham Global Peace Initiative (AGPI) supports the stand of Hamilton Ontario city Councillors to ban the Swastika and Confederate flags from city property.
Hamilton is known as one of the top cities in Canada for incidence of hate crime and antisemitism. "The ban, while symbolic in nature, is an important first step in sending a far and wide message to the community at large" said AGPI Founder and Chairman, Avi Abraham Benlolo.
This is an example for other municipalities in Canada and around the world to follow. As hate crime and antisemitism increases, political leaders must stand up to hatred and intolerance by undertaking pivotal policies that reaffirm anti-hate legislation.
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08/10/21: The Abraham Global Peace Initiative commends the 9 Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) that wrote a letter to the EU foreign policy chief denouncing the deplorable decision to send a senior diplomat to Iran for the inauguration of Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi.
Ebrahim Raisi has been accused of playing a key role as a prosecutor in the “death commission” of 1988, which sent thousands of prisoners to their deaths. For this reason, he has been nicknamed the Butcher of Teheran. “Sending such senior representation to the inauguration of a president with such a dark record, at this sensitive time, contradicts European commitments to uphold and stand up for human rights,” wrote the MEPs.
Furthermore, Raisi became president through a sham election process in which only those candidates whose views coincide with those of the ruling Islamist regime may participate.
Iran is governed by an Islamic fundamentalist dictatorship with no respect for human rights whatsoever. The country’s regime routinely engages in some of the worst violations of human rights in the world, including arbitrary arrest, enforced disappearances, and torture. It also routinely employs discriminatory practices against women and ethnic minorities. In addition, since the Islamic Revolution of 1979, Iran has become a rogue country that supports terrorism around the world, and is now widely known to be pursuing nuclear weapons in order to further its agenda of death and destruction.
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07/28/21: The Abraham Global Peace Initiative (AGPI) is relieved that Rudy Rochman, Andrew Noam and Edouard David Benaym have been officially released by the Nigerian Government DSS' (Secret Service). They are scheduled to land in Israel on Friday, July 29th in the morning.
In a press release put out by the "We Were Never Lost" documentary team, the three Jewish men were "wrongfully taken on Friday July 9th, 2021". There were "caged and held for 20 days in horrendous conditions, locked into a small cell, sleeping on the floor with no access to showers or clean clothes. They were interrogated and mistreated without ever officially being arrested or accused of anything" said the statement.
"Over the last few weeks, I had communication with Rudy's family members about providing assistance and support. I expressed the AGPI community's solidarity with the three captives and their families. Having previously spoken with Rudy about this film and its importance, their incarceration by the Nigerian government is outrageous and has no merit" said Avi Abraham Benlolo, AGPI's Founder and Chairman.
AGPI will be investigating this incident further and be calling on the international community to hold the Nigerian government to account. At the very least, Nigeria should be placed on a No-Fly list for foreigners until a further investigation is held.
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07/26/21: As it continues to build momentum internationally, The Abraham Global Peace Initiative (AGPI) is pleased to welcome two distinguished Israeli leaders to its international board. Lt. General "Bogie" Ya'alon and Deputy Mayor of Jerusalem, Fleur Hassan-Nahoum will be joining the already distinguished board.
General Moshe "Bogie" Ya'alon has served Israel with distinction. As Vice Prime Minister, Minister of Strategic Affairs, Minister of Defence, Chief of Staff (head of IDF) and most recently a key leader of the Blue and White and Telem parties, Ya'alon served in the Knesset between 2009 - 2016 and between 2019 - 2021. Ya'alon has dedicated a lifetime of public service to the State of Israel. Gen. Ya’alon studied at the British Army’s Camberley Staff College and earned a BA in Political Science from the University of Haifa.
Fleur Hassan-Nahoum serves as deputy mayor of Jerusalem in charge of foreign relations, international economic development, and tourism. She is a cofounder of the UAE-Israel Business Council, an association of Emirati and Israeli business and government leaders fostering bilateral trade, innovation, and cooperation. Fleur was born in London, grew up in Gibraltar, and immigrated to Israel in 2001.
Quote from AGPI's Founder and Chairman, Avi Abraham Benlolo: "We are honoured and delighted to have General Ya'alon and Deputy Mayor Hassan-Nahoum join our international advisory board. Both are highly accomplished and influential leaders in their own right, dedicating themselves to the safety, security and welfare of Israel and the Jewish people around the world".
07/22/21 - TEL AVIV — Boycotts build walls, not peace and dialogue. We admire socially responsible companies, including Ben and Jerry’s, interest in making the world a better place. However, we disagree with the boycotting of Jewish settlements by any company.
In general terms, perhaps rather than the promotion of boycotts, greater investment in projects that promote dialogue, unity and pluralism might result in a more effective strategy for change.
To read more about our views concerning this matter, see Avi Benlolo's article in the National Post:
07/21/221: The Abraham Global Peace Initiative (AGPI) will be holding its First Annual Global Summit on Antisemitism on Sunday, November 7th, 2021. The date chosen was specifically intended to commemorate the 83rd anniversary of Kristallnacht, also known at The Night of Broken Glass*.
Holocaust and Antisemitism expert and Founder and Chairman of AGPI, Avi Abraham Benlolo is convening the conference to discuss the rising tide of Antisemitism and the delegitimization campaign against Israel.
The planned agenda is nearly full for the full day virtual conference and includes prominent international speakers like The Rt. Hon. Lord Pickles who serves as the United Kingdom's Special Envoy for Post-Holocaust issues; Ellie Cohanim, former Deputy Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism at the United States Department of State; Colette Avital, former Israeli Ambassador and diplomat and Minister in the Knesset who now Chairs the country's Holocaust Survivors Association; Ayaan Hirsi Ali, an outspoken human rights defender and Lara Logan, an American media personality who has created a documentary alongside Father Patrick Desbois about "Holocaust By Bullets".
"We also have speakers from around the world who are each representing their communities and reporting on the surge of antisemitism in their countries. Additionally, one of our prominent speakers, Batya Ungar-Sargon who is the Deputy Editor of Newsweek will be discussing her new book on Woke, Intersectionality and Antisemitism. A critical piece on understanding the modern surge of Antisemitism" said Avi Benlolo.
Further announcements will be made in the coming weeks and months.
The Abraham Global Peace Initiative will be welcoming the international community to join this incredible conference at 10.00 am EST on Sunday November 7th. Please hold the date in your calendar and lookout for the launch of our new website and registration details in the coming weeks. While AGPI gears up for its launch this fall, we are using this portal as our alert system.
To subscribe, please register on the home page at www.avibenlolo.org
*Note, Kristallnacht is held on November 9th. However to accommodate our international partners, we are scheduling it for Sunday November 7th, 2021
Tel Aviv-07/19/21: In the wake of outrage in Ontario school boards over antisemitism and delegitimization campaigns against Israel, The Abraham Global Peace Initiative (AGPI) plans to host a series of local and international workshops to provide tools for educators in the classroom, while confronting the matter at the board of education level.
"Since the Gaza war, we have been speaking with educators about their mounting frustration and feelings of marginalization. We have provided several closed forums to provide critical advice.
As we prepare for our official launch of AGPI this fall, we are also creating an intensive list of workshops to be given by experts in this arena", stated its Founder and Chairman, Avi Abraham Benlolo.
One AGPI course slated for the start of the year on September 13th, 2021 expands on our "Myths and Facts" platform produced during the Gaza war.
Even while it was Hamas who launched the latest war against Israel, pillorying the country with 4,500 rockets, anti-Israel campaigners used the opportunity and moved aggressively to portray Israel unfairly.
More significantly, slanderous and unfounded terms like "colonizers",
"settlers" and "occupiers" were added to the now infamous and debunked term, “apartheid” – in a massive propaganda campaign against the Jewish state. Shockingly, Israel is still being falsely accused of "genocide" and "ethnic cleansing" - unfounded terms that are being disseminated widely.
To view our Myths and Facts working document available online, please click here: https://www.avibenlolo.org/post/confronting-media-bias-with-fact-myths-and-facts-updated
On September 13th, AGPI's Education Co-Chair, Neil Orlowsky will be presenting the following workshop to educators: Decoding, Deconstructing and Empowering Language: Settler Colonialism, Apartheid Narratives, and the Implication on Education.
07/15/21: The Abraham Global Peace Initiative's (AGPI) Founder and Chairman, Avi Abraham Benlolo was received by and held separate meetings today with the UN's Deputy Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, Ms. Lynn Hastings.
Mr. Benlolo visited and toured the UN's expansive Jerusalem compound and briefed Ms. Hastings and her staff about AGPI's objectives and founding principles.
The parties discussed the Middle East Peace Process and updated each other about ongoing activities and issues.
Later that day, Mr. Benlolo and his team were received by Sheikh Taher, who is the Druze community's spiritual leader in Majed al Shams and four additional villages in the Golan Heights, Israel. At the meeting, Sheikh Taher expressed his enthusiasm for The Abraham Global Peace Initiative and promised his full support.
Under Sheikh Taher's guidance, Majed al Shams has closely aligned itself with the State of Israel and today, is one of the most vibrant villages in the Golan. Nearly 50% of Majed al Shams residents have opted for Israeli citizenship in the last two years and this trend is increasing, according to the Sheikh.
Statement 07/14/21 - Tel Aviv - The Abraham Global Peace Initiative (AGPI) is getting attention around the world. Attending high level meetings in Israel (more on that soon), its Founder and Chairman, Avi Abraham Benlolo met today with Canada's Ambassador to Israel, Lisa Stadelbauer.
Quote: "We discussed The Abraham Global Peace Initiative (AGPI) and its important voice in the Middle East. The Ambassador had valuable insight and suggested many possibilities for mutual cooperation, including a focus on women's rights".
AGPI is proudly becoming Canada's voice around the world. Canadians play a vital role in the Middle East and around the world. People are excited about AGPI and immediately make the connection about its importance.
"Canada has exceptional diplomatic leaders representing it. It was an honour and a pleasure to spend some time with Ambassador Stadelbauer and AGPI looks forward to continued opportunity".
Jerusalem Post Article: July 8, 2021: A new Canadian organization is to be launched this fall in response to a dramatic spike in antisemitism, hate, intolerance and a global decline in human rights.
The Abraham Global Peace Initiative will be a global voice for humanity and will project Canadian values of freedom, peace and human rights into global hotspots, its founders said Wednesday in a press release.
A high-profile group of Canadian and international leaders is assembling around the initiative with the objective of moving the needle when it comes to combating international antisemitism, standing up for Israel and advancing global human rights.
National Post. -July 8, 2021: A new global human rights organization is launching in Canada this fall, aiming to be an international “voice for humanity” and to project the country’s values of “freedom, peace and human rights” across the world.
In a press release, the Abraham Global Peace Initiative — which was founded by Avi Benlolo, a National Post columnist and an expert in Holocaust studies — said it’s setting its sights on “moving the needle” when it comes to combating anti-Semitism, “standing up for Israel” and advancing global human rights, with the help of several Canadians.
“The world as we know it today is in trouble. There’s conflict almost everywhere, on every continent. We’ve seen a rise in racism, discrimination, anti-Semitism,” said Benlolo in an interview with the Post.