(Youtube Video of Anwar Sadat Congressional Gold Medal Momentum Luncheon – Joseph B. Stamm’s intro to Rep. Kennedy: https://youtu.be/tpskzVNyasE )
(Youtube video of the Luncheon event: https://youtu.be/Yb6L6-S5yBE )
(Youtube video of the inner Event with Ambassador of the Arab Republic of Egypt: https://youtu.be/mVnWDPAYRaQ )
Legislation with sponsors from both parties are proposing to award assassinated Egyptian President Anwar Sadat the nation’s highest honor for his courage in signing a peace agreement with Israel. The Congressional Gold Medal would be handed over to Sadat’s widow in 2018 to mark both 40 years of the peace accord and the centennial of his birth.“These two milestone dates,” Ezra Friedlander, the lobbyist behind the effort, told Hamodia, “should serve as a reminder to the world that peace needs the bold and courageous leadership that Sadat had.”
Mr. Friedlander, who heads The Friedlander Group, founded the Anwar Sadat Congressional Gold Medal Commission that is spearheading the advocacy effort to secure the two-thirds support needed in both houses of Congress to secure passage of the legislation.
Sponsors in the Senate are Republican Orrin Hatch of Utah and Democrat Ben Cardin of Maryland. In the House of Representatives, sponsors are Republican Christ Stewart of Utah and Democrat Grace Meng of New York.
Egypt led the Arab states in their hatred of the Jewish state from its establishment in 1948, refusing to recognize its existence. In a dramatic turn-around, then-President Sadat visited Yerushalayim in 1977 and declared his desire for peace with Israel, sparking outrage throughout the Arab world.“Together,” he proclaimed, “we might build a durable peace based on justice, to avoid the shedding of one single drop of blood from an Arab or an Israeli. It is for this reason that I have proclaimed my readiness to go to the farthest corner of the world.” In a series of meetings arranged by then-President Jimmy Carter and held at Camp David, Sadat and then-Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin negotiated the peace treaty that came to be known as the Camp David Accords.
Sadat and Begin received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1978 for their efforts. Sadat was assassinated in 1981 by a member of the Egyptian Islamic Jihad upset at the peace deal.“Sadat took countless personal risks to achieve a society grounded in peace and diplomacy — an endeavor that ultimately cost him his life,” explained Sen. Hatch. “Thus, awarding Sadat with the Congressional Gold Medal celebrates and gives homage to Sadat’s courageous, remarkable and enduring imprint on history.” The Congressional Gold Medal was coined in 1776. Its first recipient was Gen. George Washington. Others include the Lubavitcher Rebbe, zt”l, Mr. Raoul Wallenberg, and Mr. Elie Wiesel, z”l.
Thoughts from a Member of the Board Dr. Lieberman
On September 14, 2017 , representatives from NYCHSRO-MedReview attended an Inaugural Luncheon of the Anwar Sadat Gold Medal Congressional Commission in the Kennedy Room of the Russell Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill, NYCHSRO-MedReview CEO Joseph Stamm served as a co-chair of the luncheon.
The luncheon was organized to support bi-partisan bills to commemorate the 40th anniversary of President Sadat’s courageous and historic visit to Israel in 1977 and the 100th anniversary of President Sadat’s birthday in 2018. The Sadat visit was the first step in a process that led to a peace treaty negotiated at Camp David with Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin and hosted by former President Jimmy Carter between Israel and Egypt. Some 200 members of Congress have co sponsored legislation introduced by Senators Orrin Hatch (R-UT) and Ben Cardin (D- MD) and Representatives Chris Stewart (R-UT) and Grace Meng (D-NY) to award the Congressional Gold Medal to President Sadat. Ezra Friedlander CEO of the Friedlander Group has helped coordinate the legislative effort to Award Anwar Sadat the Congressional Gold Medal and organized the luncheon. A special guest at the Luncheon was Egypt’s Ambassador to the US, Yasser Reda who spoke warmly about his previous experiences as Egypt’s Ambassador to Israel. Also speaking at the Luncheon were Sen Ben Cardin (D_MD), Rep Chris Stewart (R-UT), Rep Joseph Kennedy (D- MA) who was introduced by Joe Stamm, Rep Hank Johnson (D-GA), Rep. Debbie Wsserman-Schultz (D-FL), Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX), Rep. Gerald Connelly (D-VA).
The luncheon was organized to honor the late Dov Lautman,an Israeli businessman who invested in Egypt after the Israel-Egypt Peace treaty was signed and whose firm has announced the opening of its 4th plant in Egypt.On the evening proceeding the luncheon at a special dinner former Secretary of Defense, Donald Rumsfeld, spoke in praise of the initiative to recognize President Sadat’s pathbreaking work for peace in the Middle East. Mr Stamm was accompanied by Drs. Richard Bonforte and Dr. Marvin Lieberman, members of the NYCHSRO-MedReview Board and Staff member Maurice Bortz, Director of National Physicians Review division of MedReview Inc.