Two Great American Friends of Israel Pass

AJC national radio message
March 28, 2011 – New York – AJC Executive Director David Harris, in his national radio commentary, recalls the remarkable contributions of Elizabeth Taylor and Geraldine Ferraro, both of whom passed away, to Israel.

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In recent days, two great Americans—Elizabeth Taylor and Geraldine Ferraro—passed away.

The media has been filled with accounts of their remarkable lives.

But one important part has been largely missing.

Actress Elizabeth Taylor was a lifelong friend of Israel -- so much so that, at one point, Egypt boycotted her films and barred her from entering the country.

Ms. Taylor spoke out against anti-Israel UN resolutions. And she once courageously volunteered to exchange herself for Jews held hostage by Palestinian and German terrorists in Entebbe, Uganda.

As U.S. ambassador to the UN Human Rights Commission in the 1990s, Geraldine Ferraro spearheaded that body’s first ever condemnation of anti-Semitism.

And throughout her life, as politician and diplomat, she staunchly supported Israel and the U.S.-Israel partnership.

At AJC, we long admired Elizabeth Taylor and Geraldine Ferraro. We’ll miss them greatly.

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This is David Harris of AJC.Date: 3/28/2011
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