Defending Our Future. Protecting Our Past.
Defending Our Future. Protecting Our Past.
”As a founding director of The Abraham Global Peace Initiative, I am proud of the impactful work we are having in our community, particularly in the area of education, where we are teaching students to pay-it-forward by doing good in their communities. I believe what our world needs now more than ever is more kindness and compassion. Grounded in faith, our organization promotes these values every single day. I invite you to join our movement”
”As Ontario’s Solicitor General, I was proud to stand with The Abraham Global Peace Initiative at its gala where we pledged to stand together to confront Antisemitism, racism and all forms of discrimination”.
"I am honoured to be part of The Abraham Global Peace Initiative. It is a noble organization that holds noble goals, dedicated for the best of humanity through combating Antisemitism, racism and xenophobia”
"WE STAND UP FOR OTHERS – WE RISE TO THE CALLING WHEN HATE REARS ITS UGLY HEAD FOR ANY AND ALL CULTURES AND RACES. WE STAND AT ATTENTION WHEN CHILDREN WANT TO BE EDUCATED AND LEARN ABOUT THE HOLOCAUST AND HATE. WE LISTEN AND LEARN AND GIVE SPECIAL HEED TO THOSE WHO SEND MESSAGES OF ACCEPTANCE AND TOLERANCE."
“Whether its Antisemitism, Anti-Black racism or any other form of hate and discrimination, we all need to stand up against it”.
“I am immensely proud of the global reach we are having through The Abraham Global Peace Initiative. Its incredible to see just how far we have come in as little as two years – to become one of the foremost global activists and thought leaders in the fight against Antisemitism, in pro-Israel advocacy and in the promotion of universal human rights. It’s an honor and a pleasure to serve in the capacity of Honorary Chairman of this amazing organization”.
”My maternal great grandparents were Holocaust survivors.I have personally seen the escalation of Antisemitism. I came to the realization that the best way to fight for a cause that one believes
in is to step up and act. I have taken the initiative and over the
past three months, have built and launched an AGPI youth-focused
Instagram account called AGPIYouth. I want to reach youth my age and raise awareness amongst young people in my community and around the world.”
“As the son of two Holocaust Survivors, I am proud to support the incredible work of The Abraham Global Peace Initiative. The organization acts locally and globally to memorialize the Holocaust and to combat distortion and denial. As survivors pass away, this work is important now more than ever. If you are a child or descendent of Holocaust Survivors, there is no better legacy you can provide to them than aligning your philanthropy with AGPI. If not us then who?”
“As an observer of history, I am deeply concerned about the world my grandchildren will inherit. I have visited the death camps and following the unspeakable crimes against humanity committed during the Holocaust, today we are still asking ourselves if it can happen again. That is just wrong. The Abraham Global Peace Initiative is uniquely focused on creating a mass human movement as a counterweight to the hate and intolerance we are seeing today. No matter your faith or background, we invite you to join us in this important campaign”.
“I have never felt I am here by coincidence. As a daughter of two Holocaust survivors, my parents’ lives were spared in order that my life would help fulfill their destiny. The truth must be told and extended beyond their story and mine, into the future.
Today more than ever, I understand my responsibility to bring this message to the world; not from a position of fear, but from love. I am completely dedicated to this mission. I am grateful to AGPI for providing such a platform, as they are committed to ensuring that I am not alone in this important task”.
May 24, 2023: Concluding Address at the Crystal Ball Benefit
MY NAME IS LEORA SHEMESH – I AM THE VICE PRESIDENT OF THIS INCREDIBLE ORGANIZATION.
TONIGHT – I FEEL UPLIFTED AND GRATEFUL TO BE APART OF AN ORGANIZATION THAT HAS TAKEN GREAT INITIATIVE AND GREAT FORTITUDE IN STANDING UP AGAINST ALL FORMS OF HATE – AND FOR SPREADING MESSAGES OF LOVE AND PEACE AND FOR FOCUSING ON DIALOGUE AND EDUCATION IN OUR SCHOOLS, OUR GOVERNMENTS, OUR UNIVERSITIES AND OUR BOARD ROOMS.
WE ARE HERE TONIGHT TO CELEBRATE OUR SUCCESSES, OUR FUTURE GROWTH AND DEVELOPMENT AND TO THANK EACH AND EVERYONE OF YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT AND DETERMINATION IN MAKING THIS ORGANIZATION SO SUCCESSFUL.
WHEN I WAS THINKING OF SOMETHING INSPIRATIONAL TO SAY TO THANK THE FORMER AMBASSADOR DAVID FRIEDMAN –
TO SHOWER HIM WITH THE LOVE AND ATTENTION HE DESERVES – I READ AN ARTICLE IN WHICH HE HAD QUOTED A STATE DEPARTMENT AIDE TELLING HIM NOT TO BE SO JEWISH AND THAT HE REPRESENTS THE UNITED STATES AND THUS, HE NEED NOT BE SO JEWISH. David Friedman you are an inspirational jew and you embody what is the best of humanity. Thank you.
IN ALL MY YOUNGER YEARS - I NEVER FELT THAT MY IDENTITY STUNTED ME FROM ANYTHING AND I CERTAINLY NEVER HAD ANYONE TELL ME NOT TO BE “SO JEWISH”.
I NEVER FELT THAT BEING JEWISH CAUSED ME TO BE A TARGET OR A BUTT OF A JOKE –
I WENT TO A PRIVATE JEWISH DAY SCHOOL A HIGH SCHOOL THAT WAS PREDOMINANTLY JEWISH AND I WENT TO YORK UNIVERSITY AT A TIME WHEN IT WAS STILL ACCEPTABLE TO ATTEND AS A JEWISH GIRL.
INDEED, THERE WAS A CLEAR WELCOME MAT FOR ALL OF US JEWS BACK THEN AND WE ALL FELT IT.
I WENT TO OSGOOD WHERE THERE WAS A LARGE SEGMENT OF JEWS AND I SURROUNDED MYSELF WITH PEOPLE WHO ALTHOUGH NOT JEWISH – RESPECTED MY CULTURE AND IDENTITY.
I TRULY NEVER FELT ANTI SEMITISM
UNTIL VERY RECENTLY
RECENTLY, I HAVE BECOME A TARGET OF HATE FROM A WOMAN WHO HAD SOUGHT TO BOMBARD MY GOOGLE ACCOUNT WITH VILE RACIST AND ANTISEMITIC LITERATURE.
I NEVER MET HER
SHE WAS NEVER A CLIENT
BUT SHE FELT EMPOWERED TO SPREAD THESE MESSAGES OF HATE AT HER KEYBOARD WHERE SHE HAD THE ABILITY TO USE FAKE ACCOUNTS AND WAS EMBOLDENED BECAUSE SHE COULD HIDE BEHIND HER COMPUTER.
AS SOON AS GOOGLE WOULD TAKE THE MESSAGES DOWN, SHE WOULD IMMEDIATELY PUT THEM BACK UP.
PICTURES OF AUSCHWITZ FLOODED MY GOOGLE ACCOUNT WITH HER NAMING MY CHILDREN AND TELLING ME TO GO BACK TO AUSCHWITZ WITH THEM.
DAVID FRIEDMAN ONCE SAID WHEN TRUMP RECEIVED KANYE WEST AND WHITE SUPREMACIST NICK FUENTES AT MAR-A-LAGO IN NOVEMBER 2022, HE TWEETED: EVEN A SOCIAL VISIT FROM AN ANTISEMITE LIKE KANYE WEST AND HUMAN SCUM LIKE NICK FUENTES IS UNACCEPTABLE. I URGE YOU TO THROW THOSE BUMS OUT, DISAVOW THEM AND RELEGATE THEM TO THE DUSTBIN OF HISTORY WHERE THEY BELONG".
BUT THE TRUTH OF THE MATTER IS THAT WE NEED TO IMPRESS UPON THE WORLD HOW IMPORTANT IT IS TO IDENTIFY THESE PEOPLE, CALL THEM OUT, MAGNIFY THEIR IDENTITY AND HATE AND PLACE THEM IN THE DUSTBIN WHILE WE SEEK TO CHANE THE DIALOGUE WITH LOVE AND PATIENCE AND DETERMINATION.
THE TRUTH OF THE MATTER IS THAT WITHOUT YOU AND WITHOUT THIS ORGANIZATION AND MANY OTHERS WHO STAND FIRM IN A COMMITMENT OF CALLING PEOPLE OUT – AND ENSURING THAT MESSAGES OF HATE AND INTOLERANCE ARE STOMPED ON AND REPLACED WITH ACCEPTANCE AND TOLERANCE –
WE DO NOTHING –
ROGER WATERS PERFORMED LAST NIGHT IN GERMANY OF ALL PLACES IN AN SS UNIFORM AND THE SCREEN BEHIND HIM IN GERMAN SAID THE FOLLOWING
ON A MATTER OF PUBLIC INTEREST – A COURT IN FRANKFURT HAS RULED THAT I AM NOT AN ANTISEMITE.
HE APPEARED ON STAGE IN AN SS UNIFORM AS AN INFLATABLE PIG WITH VARIOUS WORDS AND SYMBOLS AND GLOWING EYES FLOATED OVER THE CROWD AND BANNERS IN THE STYLE OF THIRD REICH BUT WITH CROSSED HAMMERS INSTEAD OF SWASTIKAS HUNG FROM THE CIELINGS
HE THEN DISPLAYED THE WORDS “FUCK THE OCCUPATION” WHILE SINGING LAY DOWN JERUSALEM.
THEY CLAPPED AND EGGED HIM ON IN ALL HIS GLORY – SHOWERING HIM WITH ACCEPTANCE AND LOVE FOR ALL HIS HATEFUL AND VILE MESSAGES.
THEY PAID MONEY TO SEE HIM AND ENRICHED HIM FINANCIALLY AND IN WAYS THAT ONLY A MANIAC CAN BE ENRICHED.
YOUNG PEOPLE SUBSCRIBE TO HIS IDEOLOGY AND THINKING AND CELEBRATE AN UNHINGED MAN WHO HAS MADE IT HIS MISSION TO TARGET JEWS AND ISRAEL
OUR ORGANIZATION EXISTS BECAUSE ROGER WATERS, BELLA HADID, KANYE WEST, FARRAKHAN, ILHAN OMAR AND AND SO MANY OTHERS EXIST – WITH LARGE PLATFORMS – RHYMING, SINGING AND SPEAKING HATEFUL MESSAGES THAT FLOOD OUR AIRWAVES, OUR MEDIA AND OUR MEDIUM.
THEY HAVE NORMALIZED HATE AND WE ARE HERE TO CORRECT THE WRONGS -
TO SET THE RECORD STRAIGHT AND TO FIGHT FOR EVERY INCH OF PEACE AND TOLERANCE.
THIS ORGANIZATION PROVIDES A POWERFUL VOICE – A VERY EDUCATED, REFINED AND FORMAL VOICE OF LOGIC, REASON AND A DEEP UNDERSTANDING OF HISTORY AND EDUCATION.
WE STRIVE TO MAKE LIFE THAT MUCH EASIER FOR THOSE WHO ARE FINDING THEMSELVES THE SUBJECT OF HATEFUL MESSAGES AND TARGETED RACISM AND ANTI SEMITISM
THIS ORGANIZATION IS EVERYWHERE.
WE STAND UP FOR OTHERS –
WE RISE TO THE CALLING WHEN HATE REARS ITS UGLY HEAD FOR ANY AND ALL CULTURE AND RACE.
WE STAND AT ATTENTION WHEN CHILDREN WANT TO BE EDUCATED AND LEARN ABOUT THE HOLOCAUST AND HATE
WE LISTEN AND LEARN AND GIVE SPECIAL HEED TO THOSE WHO SEND MESSAGES OF ACCEPTANCE AND TOLERANCE.
AND WE SHOW UP WHEN WE NEED TO PUT ON OUR ARMOUR AND FIGHT TO END RACISM AND ANTI SEMITISM WHETHER IT BE MEETING WITH THE ATTORNEY GENERAL OR ATTENDING THE UN OR MEETING WITH POLITICIANS.
WE ARE EVERYWHERE –
SPREADING OUR TENTACLES AND WE CAN ONLY DO THAT WITH YOUR FINANCIAL SUPPORT, YOUR ACCEPTANCE AND YOUR DETERMINATION TO HELP US GROW AND GAIN STRENGTH.
TO OUR DONORS – ALL OF THIS IS SIMPLY NOT POSSIBLE WITHOUT YOU.
ADDING YOUR NAME TO A SCREEN, PLACING YOUR NAME ON A BROCHURE OR A SIGN DOES NOT ADDRESS THE ENORMITY OF OUR THANKS TO YOU.
WE ARE DEEPLY GRATEFUL FOR YOUR DEVOTION AND YOUR SUPPORT – AND WITHOUT YOU - NONE OF THIS IS POSSIBLE.
TO FORMER AMBASSADOR DAVID FRIEDMAN WE ALL SAY WE LOVE YOU –
WE THANK YOU AND WE HOPE YOUR FIGHTING SPIRIT AND COURAGEOUS MESSAGES CONTINUE TO BE SHARED WITH THE WORLD.
WE WISH YOU STRENGTH, GREAT HEALTH AND WE HOPE WE CAN CONTINUE TO COUNT ON YOU FOR YOUR WISDOM AND YOUR ADVOCACY.
FINALLY TO OUR BOARD OF DIRECTORS WE SAY – TODA RABA – FOR ALWAYS TAKING THE TIME OUT OF BUSY SCHEDULES TO MEET, TO DISCUSS, TO BE AVAILABLE, TO LEARN AND TO HELP.
WE SAY THANK YOU TO ALL OF YOU FOR YOUR VOICE, YOUR IDENTITY, YOUR SUPPORT AND YOUR LOVE.
OUR LIVES ARE ALL BUSY –
AND WE ACKNOWLEDGE THE PRECIOUS TIME YOU DEVOTE TO US – TO HELP US WITH OUR IMPORTANT MISSION.
WE TAKE YOU WITH US WHEREVER WE GO – HOPING TO MAKE YOU ALL PROUD TO BE A MEMBER OF AN ORGANIZATION THAT SAYS
I AM HERE –
WE ARE HERE TO HELP, TO GUIDE, TO SPREAD LIGHT AND LOVE TO AN OFTEN INCREDIBLY DARK AND COLD WORLD.
WE HOPE TO CONTINUE TO MAKE ALL OF YOU PROUD TO BE APART OF THIS INCREDIBLE