Defending Our Future. Protecting Our Past.
Defending Our Future. Protecting Our Past.
A Special Message by AGPI's Global Peace Ambassador,:
Genevieve Korman is an active volunteer who served in leadership positions at Forest Hill Collegiate and The Sterling Hall School. She supports various charitable organizations. She is currently working in medical administration. Throughout these positions and experiences she has excelled in demonstrating outstanding communication and advocacy. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from The University of Western Ontario in 1996 and Masters of Business Administration from the University of Windsor in 2000.
Candice Solomon is a lawyer by training who graduated from Osgoode Hall Law School and was called to the Ontario bar in 1999. Candice practiced corporate finance, securities and M&A law in Toronto at a large Bay Street law firm for 10 years before moving in-house to the Royal Bank of Canada where she was Senior Counsel and part of the award-winning M&A Law Group. Following her time at Royal Bank of Canada, Candice was one of the first senior lawyer editors at Practical Law Canada, a Thomson Reuters company, where she wrote content in her areas of specialization - capital markets and securities law, as well as corporate and M&A law - before deciding to step away from the work-world to spend more time with her family. Since then, Candice has been an active volunteer and involved in a number of charities including a term on the board of directors of a Canadian charity dedicated to children. Candice brings a wealth of knowledge and advocacy to The Abraham Global Peace Initiative and is excited to be part of a charitable organization that promotes peace and tolerance, as well as the Canadian values of freedom and democracy.
Dubai - 03/06/22: In celebration of International Women’s Day, The Abraham Global Peace Initiative (AGPI) hosted Jerusalem’s Deputy Mayor, Fleur Hassan-Nahoum. AGPI’s Women’s Global Initiative Co-Chairs, Genevieve Korman and Candice Solomon, formally welcomed and introduced Deputy Mayor Hassan-Nahoum, commending her on exceptional leadership.
Speaking to AGPI from Dubai, Deputy Mayor Hassan-Nahoum has been paving the way for women in the Gulf Region, creating an inclusive women’s forum and engaging women in countries such as the U.A.E., Bahrain, Morocco, Egypt, and Saudi Arabia. The Abraham Accords, said the Deputy Mayor, is a paradigm shift. Whereas previous peace agreements between Israel and Egypt and Jordan was a top-down approach due to miltary conflict, the Abraham Accords are about a direct people-to-people approach. Interestingly, trade between Israel and Jordan and Egypt has increased three-fold since the Abraham Accords, indicating closer ties.
Asked if she believes more regional countries will join the Abraham Accords, including Saudi Arabia, Oman, and Qatar, Deputy Mayor Hassan-Nahoum said that already normalization with countries such as Saudi Arabia is underway. Many Arab countries are now seeing the advantages of business with Israel. The Saudis are demanding a resolution between Israel and the Palestinians, but perhaps they could encourage the Palestinians to come to the table and make peace with Israel. The Deputy Mayor added that the country to join next might be Indonesia where at least half the population wants to see peace with Israel. This is of particular note, in light of the fact that Indonesia possesses the world's largest Muslim population, representing nearly 13% of the world's total population of Muslims.
Deputy Mayor Hassan-Nahoum also believes the Abraham Accords are particularly good for Jerusalem. She says that 40% of Jerusalem’s residents are Muslim Arabs – making Jerusalem the most diverse city in the country. Jerusalem can be strengthened by diversity and this will result in better innovation, said the Deputy Mayor. Moreover, the peace agreements will increase tourism as Jerusalem will be a destination for Muslim pilgrims. We have now moved beyond the traditional “Arab-Israeli conflict” into more optimism and hope in the region.
Responding to an audience question about the Iranian threat, Deputy Mayor Hassan-Nahoum said that Israel’s conflict is with the Ayatollahs, not with the Iranian people. There is hope in building a relationship with the Iranian peoples, but not as long as the Iranian regime is threatening Israel. On the subject of the truth about Israel – as a free and democratic state – the Deputy Mayor argued that Israel could be telling the story the way it should be. That was partly why she became a politician, she added: to tell Israel’s side of the story. AGPI’s Founder and Chairman, Avi Abraham Benlolo, reaffirmed Deputy Mayor Hassan-Nahoum’s words and stated that her people-to-people approach is exactly the method necessary to convey the truth about Israel. “In my experience, building one-to-one relationships with influencers outside of the Jewish community is the way to advance Israel’s narrative. This is why AGPI is focused on expanding its tent around the world – building allies and advancing peace and democracy,” Benlolo concluded.
On the matter of human rights, Benlolo stated: “We believe at AGPI that the very definition of human rights has been co-opted by groups that are working to undermine the State of Israel. That’s why as a global Canadian organization, we are working hard to take back that narrative”. Responding to Deputy Mayor Hassan-Nahoum comment that Jewish university kids are shamefully forced to choose between Israel and human rights, Benlolo agreed and reaffirmed the necessity for the pro-Israel community to firmly understand that Israel is a country that promotes diversity, inclusivity and human rights.
"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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