Middle East Moral Courage Heroes

Middle East Moral Courage Heroes

AJC national radio message
June 25, 2013 - New York – The AJC weekly radio messages are broadcast on the CBS radio network, before The Osgood File. All AJC radio commentaries since 2001 are available at www.ajc.org/radiocommentary.


The full text of this week's commentary follows:

At AJC, we attach great importance to those who exemplify moral courage.

We’ve invited many such individuals to our annual Global Forum in Washington.

One memorable participant was Mithal Al-Alusi, an Iraqi politician.

He believes Iraq should become a secular democracy.

In 2004, Al-Alusi traveled to Israel, forbidden under Iraqi law. When he returned, he was the target of an assassination attempt. He survived, but his two sons were killed.

That hasn’t stopped him, though, from speaking out.

Another memorable participant was Dalia Ziada. She joined us at this year’s AJC Global Forum.

She’s an Egyptian human rights activist.

Newsweek named her “one of the world’s most influential and fearless women.”

She spoke about her vision of a future Egypt – an Egypt that embraces true democracy, respects civil rights, and overcomes its animosity toward Jews and Israel.

Bravo to these heroes of our time!

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This is David Harris of AJC.