Mike Freer MP today met with Jeremy Havardi, the Director of the B'nai B'rith UK's Bureau of International Affairs, in Parliament.
B'nai B'rith International (BBI), which has observer status at the UN and at the Human Rights Council and UNESCO, advocates for human rights and opposes anti-Semitism. The international organisation, of which the UK branch is a part, is the oldest, largest and most active global Jewish human rights organisation in the world.
Commenting after the meeting, Mike said “It was a pleasure to meet with Jeremy, Helene and Tony to hear about the important work of B'nai B'rith in the UK and around the world. Its reputation is well deserved as a leading proponent of human rights and a strong advocate for the state of Israel. Their work against anti-Semitism both here and overseas is particularly important, especially now given the increase in this sort of unacceptable behaviour on university campuses and other areas of public life.”
B'nai B'rith UK was established in 1910 and subsequently founded the Bureau in 1998 as an associate office of BBI’s Centre for Human Rights and Public Policy in the USA. BBI has its international head office in Washington DC and has permanent offices at the United Nations in New York and in Brussels, along with having representation in 59 countries. The London Bureau raises concerns about the growth in anti-Semitism, promotes Israel’s relations with foreign countries and stands for the rights of all minorities.
You can read more about B'nai B'rith UK’s work here.
[Photo: Mike with Helene Briskman, Jeremy Havardi, and Tony Swabe]