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Eitan Sasson, Dan Hotel marketing director in North America; Tova Weiss of Tova Gilead Tours; and Michael Rosin, EL AL northeast sales manager
Eitan Sasson, Dan Hotel marketing director in North America; Tova Weiss of
Tova Gilead Tours; and Michael Rosin, EL AL northeast sales manager
Dan Gillerman, former Israeli Ambassador to UN, and Maled Abdelaziz, Egyptian Ambassador to UN
Dan Gillerman, former Israeli Ambassador to UN, and Maled Abdelaziz, Egyptian Ambassador to UN
Diane S. Abrams, senior vp of Brown Harris Stevens Residential Sales, and husband Robert Abrams, former New York State attorney general
Diane S. Abrams, senior vp of Brown Harris Stevens Residential Sales, and
husband Robert Abrams, former New York State attorney general
Shari R. Michels, New York City Criminal Court justice, and Robert Abrams
Shari R. Michels, New York City Criminal Court justice, and Robert Abrams
Ron Prosor, Israeli Ambassador to UN (from left); Zeev Rubinstein, executive director of American Council for World Jewry; and Dan Gillerman, former Israeli Ambassador to UN
Ron Prosor, Israeli Ambassador to UN (from left); Zeev Rubinstein, executive director of
American Council for World Jewry; and Dan Gillerman, former Israeli Ambassador to UN
AMERICA ISRAEL FRIENDSHIP LEAGUE
Peter Yarrow Tells School Kids
To Stop Bullying Each Other

O
N a trip to Israel Peter Yarrow (of Peter, Paul and Mary fame) brought his guitar and message to schools in Lod and Petach Tikva. His aim was to bring Jewish and Arab kids together to prevent bullying and intimidation among schoolchildren.

At a recent America Israel Friendship League dinner at The Plaza, Yarrow performed the song that most resonated with the kids:

Donít laugh at me, donít call me names,
Donít get your pleasure from my pain.
In Godís eyes weíre all the same.
Some day weíll all have perfect wings
Donít laugh at me.

The dinner featured a panel discussion on Israel as an incubator of high tech innovations. The speakers included Dan Senor and Saul Singer, authors of Start-up Nation: The Story of Israelís Economic Miracle.

Former Mayor Ed Koch was especially animated when he discussed the rise of anti-Semitism. "Of course, you can criticize Israel," he said, "but I believe the attacks on Israel are anti-Semitic. You think you can count on the French. They canít count on themselves. They voted in favor of the Palestinian Authority in Unesco. And that 81-year-old lady on the flotilla who wanted to break the Gaza blockade Ė why doesnít she go to Syria if she wants to help persecuted Arabs?"

The eveningís honorees were Idan Ofer and Shai Agassi, chairman and CEO, respectively, of Better Place, a global provider of electric vehicle networks and services. Two years ago Better Place introduced Israelís first electric vehicle.

AIFL was founded in 1971 to bring state legislators, business leaders, campus newspaper editors and architects to visit Israel and strengthen the bond between the Jewish state and the U.S. Early on, when Robert Abrams was the New York state attorney general, he brought colleagues from various states to Israel.

Harley Lippman, AIFL president; Malcolm Hoenlein, executive vice chairman of the Presidents Conference; and Dr. Alex Grobman, AIFL executive director
Harley Lippman, AIFL president; Malcolm Hoenlein, executive vice chairman of the Presidents Conference; and Dr. Alex Grobman, AIFL executive director
Peter Yarrow and Nina Boxer
Peter Yarrow and Nina Boxer

 

 

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