Rep. Eliot Engel to lead Jewish lawmakers' group

Democratic congressman will take over chairmanship of International Council of Jewish Parliamentarians from Italian MP Fiamma Nirenstein.

November 29, 2013 13:27
US Congressman Eliot Engel.

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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 week.

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 Committee.

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