In 2017, the world marks the 40th anniversary of the late Egyptian President Anwar Sadat’s shocking and inspiring trip to Jerusalem and his historic speech to the Knesset, where he proposed ending 30 years of hate and enmity between his country and the State of Israel.
In 2018, the centennial of Anwar Sadat’s birth will be commemorated.
As these two milestones approach, U.S. Senator Orrin Hatch along with U.S. Senator Ben Cardin introduced S.266 to award the late Egyptian President Anwar Sadat with a Congressional Gold Medal. President Sadat was the first Arab leader to recognize the nation-state of Israel and made history by signing the 1979 Egypt-Israel Treaty.
ACTION NEEDED: Call or write to your Senator or Representative urging them to support this bill.
July 17th, 2017
On behalf of Ameinu, I urge you to support the Anwar Sadat Centennial Celebration Act, H.R.754 and S.266. This bill honors the legacy of the late Egyptian president, who was the first Arab leader to recognize the State of Israel and was awarded a Nobel Peace Prize for his role in signing the Camp David Accords in 1978. This year marks the 40th anniversary of Sadat’s historic speech to the Knesset, and 2018 will mark the centennial of Sadat’s birth. The late Egyptian president’s vision for peace was groundbreaking and unprecedented, and his diplomacy and strength serve as reminders of the important virtues needed to achieve peace in the region today.
Anwar Sadat chose to end a decades-long conflict between Israel and Egypt and extend his hand in friendship and goodwill by making his historic trip to the Knesset. It is more important than ever today that we remember these virtues of goodwill and peace as we seek to establish peace and security in the Middle East. This bill will introduce Anwar Sadat and his heroic actions to a new generation of Americans, and give us hope for peace for the future.
Ameinu identifies strongly with Anwar Sadat because since 1903, the Labor Zionist Movement in the United States has worked for peace, justice, and reconciliation between Jews and Arabs. President Sadat exemplifies exactly the kind of partner needed to create a different Middle East. We at Ameinu endorse this legislation and ask that other lawmakers join in the movement to preserve and honor Sadat’s legacy.