International Leaders Summit (ILS) Joined by Virginia’s Elected Official Expresses Sorrow Over Attack on Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh

ILS Calls Upon Leaders to Confront Anti-Semitism in America and Europe

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Jewish Synagogue, Archived Photograph — International Leaders Summit

Fairfax, Virginia — Washington, DC — October 31, 2018.

The International Leaders Summit and the Commonwealth of Virginia ’s elected official Honorable David A. LaRock, joined in expressing their sorrow over the attack on the Tree of Life Synagogue, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where eleven worshippers were killed. The International Leaders Summit and the partners of its initiative The Jerusalem Leaders Summit, issued the following statement:

We convey our deepest condolences to the grieving families who lost loved ones in the tragic attack at The Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Jewish community across our nation and around the world. We stand with the Jewish community and affirm our shared values and principles.

The attacker’s murderous rampage shouting “all Jews must die” ought to be a wake-up call for America’s engaged stakeholders and leadership. In our free society, established under the rule of law, the evils of anti-Semitism and hatred towards any religious and ethnic groups must be addressed through robust measures. Individuals and groups fueling hate-filled rhetoric ought to be held to account.

We urge our elected leaders and our civil society to remain vigilant and to continue to strengthen the rule of law and advance our shared values and principles which protect life, liberty and private property.

Co-signers of the statement:

Honorable David A. LaRock, Member, House of Delegates, Commonwealth of Virginia

Natasha Srdoc, Co-Founder, International Leaders Summit and Jerusalem Leaders Summit

Joel Anand Samy, Co-Founder, International Leaders Summit and Jerusalem Leaders Summit

Dr. Sampat Shivangi, Executive Advisory Board Member, International Leaders Summit, President and CEO, US Info Systems of Mississippi LLC and Chairman, Mississippi State Department of Mental Health

Chris Edmonds, Executive Advisory Board Member, International Leaders Summit; Represents his heroic father, the late Master Sergeant Roddie Edmonds, recognized by Yad Vashem as Righteous Among the Nations, Israel’s highest honor for non-Jews who risked their lives to save Jews during the holocaust.

Since its founding, the International Leaders Summit joined by partners in Europe and the US have worked to address the rise of anti-Semitism in Europe and the United States. One specific area the think tank’s leaders are focusing on is the unchecked proliferation of dangerous behavior on social media which is fueling widespread anti-Semitism around the world.

The organization has also warned elected officials and authorities in America, Britain and Western Europe regarding the rise of anti-Semitism and the brazen Holocaust revision within Croatia and other parts of Eastern Europe which impact the diaspora communities in the West.

According to published report, “In March 2018, The Simon Wiesenthal Center sent a letter to Croatia’s President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic condemning her for fueling Holocaust revisionism and whitewashing the war crimes of the Ustasha regime, part of the pro-Nazi Germany axis during World War II.”

In the letter sent to Grabar-Kitarovic, the Simon Wiesenthal Center’s Director in Israel Dr. Efraim Zuroff wrote:

I am writing to you to express my sense of outrage and protest at your comments during your recent visit to Argentina.

According to the Croatian news website index.hr, you said that you were “proud of all the generations of Croats who arrived in Argentina.”

If that is the case, you obviously are proud of such notorious Ustasha war criminals as Ante Pavelić, Eugen Dido Kvaternik, Dinko Šakić, Nada Šakić, Ivo Rojnica, Vinko Nikolić and Franjo Nevistić, to name only a few of the Ustasha who fled to Argentina to escape punishment and no doubt “shared the destiny of their nation during the former Yugoslav Communist regime.”

Such a statement is a blanket whitewash of the horrific crimes of the Ustasha NDH regime and a horrible insult to its victims, their families and those who fought against it.

Independent media groups and international advocacy groups including the US-based think tank International Leaders Summit have placed the spotlight on Croatia’s HDZ-Croatian Democratic Union political party and its senior politicians for fanning the flames of anti-Semitism and extremism within Croatia and through the diaspora communities in Australia, Argentina, Canada and the United States of America.

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The International Leaders Summit, a US-based independent think tank, brings together leaders from America, Britain, continental Europe, India and Israel, focusing on advancing principled policies that strengthen the rule of law, advance free and fair trade and secure peace through strength. The Summit events builds upon high-level meetings in Europe and the United States with events hosted at the European Parliament in Brussels, Capitol Hill, Washington, DC, London, Ljubljana, Prague and Warsaw. At the International Leaders Summit events, commencing with the inaugural events of 2004, moderators of strategic summit sessions have included editors from The Economist, The Financial Times, The Wall Street Journal and other influential media groups.

Distinguished speakers at International Leaders Summit events in Europe and the US have included Edwin Meese III, America’s 75th attorney general, Mart Laar, prime minister, Estonia, Ivan Miklos, finance minister, Slovakia, Maurice McTigue, QSO, cabinet member, New Zealand, Andrej Bajuk, finance minister, Slovenia, Monica Macovei, justice minister, Romania, C. Boyden Gray, US Ambassador to the European Union, US Senator Jeff Sessions, US Congressman Dave Brat, US Congressman Scott Taylor, Rainer Hable, member of Austria’s parliament, Dr. Alvin Rabushka, senior advisor to President Ronald Reagan’s Tax Policy Task Force and senior fellow, Hoover Institution, Stanford University, among other distinguished leaders.

International Leaders Summit: https://ileaderssummit.org/

Jerusalem Leaders Summit, a Strategic Initiative of The International Leaders Summit: https://jerusalemleaderssummit.com/

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