EMET Hosted Rays of Light in the Darkness Dinner a Success, Speakers of Truth Call for a Strong, Secure America and Israel.
(June 23, 2015, Washington, DC)- Today, the Endowment for Middle East Truth (EMET) is pleased to announce the success of its 9th annual Rays of Light in the Darkness dinner, held on Thursday, June 18th, 2015 in Washington DC honoring six Speakers of Truth.
EMET’s 9th annual Rays of Light dinner featured an eclectic group of honorees: Rep. Louie Gohmert, Senator Tom Cotton, author and talk show host Erick Stakelbeck, Muslim Zionist Kasim Hafeez, Rabbi Shmuley Boteach, and Canadian Parliamentarian Irwin Cotler. Texan Rep. Gohmert and freshman Senator Tom Cotton received 2015 Speaker of Truth awards for their enduring commitment and work to ensure a strong U.S., and a strong and secure Israel. Both Senator Cotton and Rep. Gohmert emphasized the need to prevent a nuclear Iran. “Dismantlement of Iran’s nuclear program should be the objective of U.S. policy towards Iran…Iran is the worst state sponsor of terrorism, funding groups that seek to destroy and foment unrest throughout the Middle East. And Iran has been killing Americans for over 35 years,” Senator Tom Cotton told the audience in a televised address. “We can’t allow them [Iran] to kill millions more [of] Jews or anyone else,” Rep. Gohmert said. Both Rep. Gohmert and Senator Cotton’s speeches were followed by a standing ovation from the audience.
The Members’ remarks were followed by the rest of the 2015 Speaker of Truth awardees; the speakers identified EMET as a lead organization focusing on speaking the truth about the crucial issues that impact both the security of Israel and the United States, including the threat of a nuclear Iran. Former Islamist turned Zionist, Hafeez, a crowd favorite at the event, affirmed that “If it wasn’t for Israel, I could have been in a jihadist training camp somewhere…I could have been dead.”
Honoree Irwin Cotler of the Canadian Liberal party has served as the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada and has spent many years of his life working as a human rights lawyer for people including Nelson Mandela in South Africa, Jacobo Timmerman in Latin America, Saad Eddin Ibrahim, an Egyptian democracy activist, and Natan Sharankty when he was imprisoned in the Soviet gulag when trying to immigrate to Israel. Professor Cotler served in the Canadian House of Commons from November 1999 until June 19th, 2015. He understands that Israel represents the liberation movement of the Jewish people and feels that standing up for Israel as it is isolated among the nations is the moral equivalent of standing up for the rights of imprisoned dissidents around the world.
“EMET is proud to be the first pro-Israel organization which has made it a priority to express gratitude to amazingly courageous defenders of the truth about Israel and its incredible triumphs and accomplishments in just 67 years,” said Sarah Stern, founder and president of EMET. “EMET’s 9th annual Rays of Light in the Darkness Dinner has proven to be our most successful one yet. Our honorees eloquently and pointedly expressed their unwavering dedication to continue to speak the truth about Israel during these tumultuous times, paralleling EMET’s work on Capitol Hill to reveal the true facts about Israel and the mutual threats Israel and the United States face,” Stern added.
Currently, EMET is working tirelessly to ensure the security of the United States, Israel, and our allies during an especially hostile time in the Middle East region. The EMET staff continues to have daily meetings on Capitol Hill to educate Congressional staffers about the Iranian nuclear deal, among many other topics, and cultivate relationships with offices that have an interest in ensuring a strong United States, and the security of its ally, Israel.
About The Endowment for Middle East Truth
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