Conference of Presidents 40th Annual Leadership Mission to Israel
February 17-20, 2014

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RE: AMERICAN STUDIES ASSOCIATION ACADEMIC BOYCOTT OF ISRAEL

If you attended or if you were unable to be at the Conference of Presidents’ Fiftieth Anniversary Tribute Gala on October 15th you have a chance to experience it again by joining the 1200 attendees and the more than 40 million homes in the United States and Canada that have access to ShalomTV by watching a premiere telecast of the Gala TOMORROW NIGHT, Wednesday, November 27th.

Letter to the Editor of The New York Times re “Bibi’s Tired Iranian Lines” (column, Oct. 4): Roger Cohen, in his unjustified diatribe directed at Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel, chooses to ignore that the supreme leader of Iran, not President Hassan Rouhani, makes the decisions on Iran’s nuclear program, and the supreme leader has given no real indication of any change in policy. Indeed, even Mr. Rouhani declared on his return from the United Nations that the right to nuclear technology and enrichment is “not negotiable.”

Prime Minister Netanyahu addressed Jewish Leaders in New York City on October 2, 2013 after his address the day before to the United Nations General Assembly.

The proven and effective advocate for organized American Jewry for more than half a century, the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations Fund advances the interests of the American Jewish community, sustains broad-based public and diplomatic support for the State of Israel and addresses the critical concerns facing world Jewry.

On Saturday night, August 10, Mr. Hoenlein addressed a capacity audience of 1,400 attending the Fraternity’s Centennial Convention and Gala. Eight hundred alumni members and guests and over 600 students were in attendance at the Waldorf to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Fraternity’s founding at New York University in 1913. Mr. Hoenlein’s stirring remarks about Jewish identity and support for Israel were repeatedly interrupted by applause.

Last week, Myron Brilliant, Executive Vice President and Head of International Affairs at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and Khush Choksy, Vice President of Turkey, Middle East and North Africa at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce spoke at the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations in New York City.The forum was hosted by Malcolm Hoenlein and Robert G. Sugarman, the Executive Vice Chairman and Chairman, respectively, of the Conference of Presidents of Major Jewish Organizations, along with Israel's Consul General in New York, Ido Aharoni.

Mohammed VI, King of Morocco presented Malcolm Hoenlein, Executive Vice Chairman/CEO, Conference of Presidents with the highest award given to a foreigner, reflecting the many years of friendship between the Conference of Presidents and Morocco during the tenure of his late father, King Hassan II at the Thrown Day Ceremonies.

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