IMPACT: With Avi Abraham Benlolo
By Avi Abraham Benlolo
If you are interested in learning about world issues and gaining provocative and insightful analysis, IMPACT is for you. Over the last 30 years, I have travelled the world, met with Prime Ministers, Presidents and even Kings - As Founding Chairman and CEO of The Abraham Global Peace Initiative a multi-national organization, we promote Middle East peace through The Abraham Accords, counter Antisemitism; combat Holocaust denial; defend Israel and Canada and advance freedom, democracy and universal human rights.
The Friday Report October 14 2022
Kanye West - Seriously?
October 14, 2022
The Friday Report on September 30 2022
Rising antisemitism on campus
September 30, 2022
The Friday Report September 23,2022
Lots to discuss this week as we cover issues concerning the United Nations, uprising in Iran and Israel's exploding population growth!
September 23, 2022
Its been a busy week at The Abraham Global Peace Initiative.
Antisemitism in Berlin. The 2nd Anniversary of the Abraham Accords. Antisemitism on campus and schools. So much more!
September 16, 2022
The Friday Report - September 9 2022
Around the world this week, Israel's President Isaac Herzog travelled to Germany to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the 1972 Munich massacre in which 11 Israeli Olympians were murdered by Palestinian terrorists. In addressing the German Parliament he said, "Even in our generation, even right now, dark forces of hate, led by Iran threaten not only Israel, and not only stability in the Middle East, but the global order".
September 09, 2022
Do Russian Jewish People Owe their Freedom to Gorby?
"Let My People Go" - was the cry for freedom from the free-soviet-Jewry movement. I met the U.S.S.R.'s last President, Mikael Gorbachev nearly two decades ago. What were my impressions?
September 04, 2022
The Friday Report - September 2, 2022
We should be wondering if it's hardly surprising then when a government consultant on anti-racism feels sufficiently comfortable to refer to Jewish people as, “loud-mouthed bags of human feces, aka the Jewish White Supremacists.” as reported in the press. So how do we confront bigots? With pride and unity. Since the inception of our organization, we have been working on changing the narrative. We can see that our views are catching on in the expressed sentiment of other groups. We must break out of the shtetl mentality. Israel has already done it -- as will be shown in our upcoming film. Now it's our turn to stand up tall, and be the example for our children and grandchildren. We cannot afford to be silent about Heritage Canada or any other Antisemitic incident.
September 02, 2022
A Conversation with Ahdeya Al Sayed, the first female president of the Bahraini Journalists Association
Ahdeya Al Sayed, is the first female President of the Bahrain Journalists Association. She won the 2019 Arab Female Journalist of the Year Award by the London Arabia Organisation for all her contributions towards the progress of her Arab media and promoting women's rights and empowerment. Al Sayed has been the most outspoken Bahraini journalist on the Abraham Accords and the peace agreements between Bahrain, Israel and the UAE, advocating for the importance of fighting against hate speech, extremist ideologies, anti semitism and encouraging the press to play a positive role in achieving warm peace.
December 16, 2020
Prisoner of Tehran: A Conversation with Marina Nemat
The 1979 Iranian Revolution ushered in a new era of Islamic fundamentalism, oppression and a murderous regime. Thinking the regime would quickly disappear, Marina Nemat became one of its many victims. At just 16 yeas old, Nemat was taken to the notorious Evin prison where she was tortured and assaulted. Many of her peers were murdered. She eventually escaped to Canada and wrote a global best selling book retelling her story. Prisoner of Tehran is a hard read - but an important one that recounts the brutality of a regime that has not changed in 40 years. "I don't see this murderous government that has taken thousands of lives and continues to do so, I cannot see it going anywhere for the foreseeable future" says Nemat. But she does have a solution. Listen to this podcast and find out what she says.
December 01, 2020
A Conversation with Jerusalem's Deputy Mayor, Fleur Hassan-Nahoum
Jerusalem's Deputy Mayor's Twitter handle says she is a Proud Zionist, a Feminist Advocate for Israel and the Co-Founded of the UAE-Israel Business Council. But Ms. Fleur Hassan-Nahoum is much more. She is an energetic powerhouse who is advancing Israel in business, standing up proudly for her city, Jerusalem - and has some strong words for BDS advocates and antisemites. She also has a warning for Joe Biden - look around the gulf to see who your friends and enemies are. Join me for this engaging conversation.
November 21, 2020
Human Rights and Accessibility: A Conversation with The Hon. David Onley, former Lieutenant Governor of Ontario
Its 2020 yet we are still struggling as a society with the problem of equality of opportunity for persons with disability. Join me for a fascinating conversation with one of the world's top advocates for people with disability, the Honourable David Onley. People with disability, Mr. Onley says, suffer the same form of discrimination as other groups. The world still needs to change on how it views and responds to people with disabilities and provide this segment of the population with proper access so that it may have equal opportunity.
November 19, 2020
Saving the Uyghurs
On October 17, 2020, The Economist published a major feature about the plight of the Uyghurs. In its introduction, it said, "The first stories from Xinjiang were hard to believe. Surely the Chinese government was not running a gulag for Muslims? Surely Uyghurs were not being branded “extremists” and locked up simply for praying in public or growing long beards? Yet, as we report in this week’s China section (see article), the evidence of a campaign against the Uyghurs at home and abroad becomes more shocking with each scouring of the satellite evidence, each leak of official documents and each survivor’s pitiful account". Join me for an insightful conversation with Mehmet Tohti, the executive director of the Uyghur Rights Advocacy Project to understand what today many are calling a crime of humanity. He describes the plight of his people and a cry for help for an end to what he calls a genocide.
November 13, 2020
25 Years Later: Revisiting the Jewish World's JFK Moment
On September 13, 1993 - Yitzhak Rabin signed the Oslo Accords at the White House. On November 4th, 1995 he was murdered by an Israeli assassin. The peace process was dead and Yasser Arafat launched into a horrific campaign of suicide bombing attacks against Israel. How do we reconcile what unfolded before our eyes 25 years later? Let me walk you down memory lane to an often forgotten time, when the sun was shining upon us. It lasted only two years...but it seems now like a lifetime away. Originally published in the National Post on November 4, 2020
November 05, 2020
Interview with Ellie Cohanim: US Assistant Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Antisemitism
US Special Envoy Ellie Cohanim was born in Iran. She fled to America with her family following the 1979 Revolution. Now she says the biggest state sponsor of terrorism and antisemitism is the Iranian Regime. She is determined to ensure the regime cannot fulfill its promise to march on Jerusalem and "wipe Israel off the map" as it has often stated. Ms. Cohanim is on the front lines in the fight against global antisemitism. Listen to this important and informative interview with one of the world's foremost advocates.
October 30, 2020
In turbulent times, we all need hope. We can focus on the negativity or choose to champion positive improvements to the human condition. Among them are recent peace agreements in the Middle East. Its easy to disregard them among the noise pollution, but in an area of the world that has been fraught by war and despair, this is a welcomed relief. Yes, perhaps this picture is rosy. But in psychology 101 we learn about positive conditioning - rewards. So - for all those who dream big. Who believe in peace. Lets champion this. Humanity can save itself from itself if it learns to be optimistic.
October 27, 2020
Coronasemitism: The coronavirus pandemic is bringing with it a new level of anti-Semitism
Even while the world grapples with the most pressing health issue of our time, there are those who are using the coronavirus pandemic as another excuse to attack the Jewish people, a phenomenon I am calling “coronasemitism.”
March 28, 2020
Hunting War Criminals: Bringing Syrian War Criminals to Justice
Avi Benlolo, President and CEO of the Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Centre for Holocaust Studies sits down with Dr. William Wiley, the Executive Director of the Commission for International Justice and Accountability to discuss his views on responses to the recent atrocities in Syria.
March 13, 2020
What a 91 year old Holocaust survivor of Auschwitz thinks about the future of Holocaust education.
Avi Benlolo, President and CEO of the Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center for Holocaust Studies sits down with Holocaust survivor Max Eisen to discuss a recent survey suggesting that 64% of students are less aware of the Holocaust.
March 10, 2020
Attack on Historical Truth: Alternate versions of the Holocaust
Alternate reality can be entertaining. It may serve our alter-ego. This is a warning: the Road from revisionism to denial is very short.
March 07, 2020