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US Rep. Eliot Engel (D-NY) will be appointed chairman of the International
Council of Jewish Parliamentarians (ICJP) this week.
“We are delighted
that a distinguished lawmaker like Eliot Engel is assuming this important post
at this critical time for world Jewry,” World Jewish Congress President Ronald
S. Lauder said.
The ICJP is an informal association of Jewish lawmakers
and elected officials from around the world, backed by the WJC, which meets
periodically to conduct dialogue and find solutions among legislators on issues
of concern to world Jewry, such as terrorism, security for Jewish communities,
racism and anti-Semitism.
Engel will succeed former Italian MP Fiamma
Nirenstein, who now lives in Israel. His appointment will become official at
ICJP Steering Committee meetings in New York and Washington this
Engel has been a member of Congress since 1989 and consistently has
been a pro-Israel voice. He is a ranking member of the House Foreign Affairs