Richard Heideman: The Jewish people have a proud and rich heritage and tradition, and are entitled to live, side by side with our neighbors, in our ancestral homeland.
(photo credit: COURTESY RICHARD HEIDEMAN)
IN 1985, Richard Heideman and his wife, Phyllis, left their three young children to travel halfway around the world as delegates for B’nai B’rith International at the United Nations World Conference on Women in Nairobi. During this chaotic event, the Heidemans, along with other delegates from Jewish and other NGOs, were incessantly physically and verbally abused by other delegates, specifically from the Palestinian delegation. Heideman’s wife was physically assaulted but stood her ground.While many in similar situations would shy away from such future confrontations, the Heidemans understood that this was not a fight they could or would avoid as they understood that the opponents of Zionism and Israel will go to extraordinary lengths to attack in an attempt to silence the pro-Israel voice.