The Zionist Organization of America honored Professor Anne Bayefsky, the director of the Touro College Institute on Human Rights and the Holocaust, with the Ben Hecht Award for Outstanding Journalism at the 115th annual Louis D. Brandeis Award National Dinner in Manhattan on Sunday, November 24.
“Through her writing as well as her actions, Professor Bayefsky has made it her personal crusade to take a stand against racism and bigotry, calling out the powers that be for the double standard so often used against Israel,” said Dr. Alan Kadish, the president and CEO of the Touro College and University System, who was in attendance. “The people of Israel, as well as minorities around the world, owe her a debt of gratitude. We applaud Professor Bayefsky for her work and congratulate her on receiving this prestigious award.”
Professor Bayefsky is a leading expert in the field of international human rights law and in combating anti-Semitism. A professor at Touro since 2005, she is also a senior fellow with the Hudson Institute and has taught at the University of Ottawa, York University, and Columbia University Law School. She has served on many delegations to the United Nations with the government of Canada and various non-governmental organizations since 1984, and is a member of the International Law Association Committee on Human Rights Law and Practice.
The editor-in-chief of the series “Refugees and Human Rights,” Professor Bayefsky is the author or editor of 12 books in the field of human rights. She holds a B.A., M.A., and LL.B. from the University of Toronto, an MLitt from Oxford University, and is a barrister and solicitor of the Ontario Bar.
Upon accepting the award, Bayefsky spoke about the UN’s single-minded determination to delegitimize Israel. As an international human rights lawyer, she said “it wasn’t long before I sadly realized that human rights at the UN were for everybody, except Zionists.”
Israel, Professor Bayefsky said, was never welcomed as an equal member of the family of nations at the UN. “Never mind that this family already included mass murderers, misogynist tyrants, and slave masters—in the name of universality and sovereign equality.”
Past recipients of the Ben Hecht Award for Outstanding Journalism include A.M. Rosenthal, David Bar-Ilan, Cal Thomas, Daniel Pipes, Caroline Glick, Jeff Jacoby, and William Kristol. Other honorees and presenters at the ZOA dinner included philanthropists Dr. Miriam and Sheldon Adelson, Congresswoman Michele Bachmann, and former presidential candidate Mike Huckabee. In 2011, Huckabee participated in the Touro Institute’s one-day conference, held in conjunction with the Hudson Institute, entitled “The Perils of Global Intolerance: The United Nations & Durban III.”
The Institute on Human Rights and the Holocaust aims to understand, explore, and evaluate contemporary mechanisms for protecting human rights and the rule of law in view of the lessons of the Holocaust and its aftermath. Its purpose is to promote tolerance through educational programs and activities, and aims to improve our understanding of the importance of the promotion of human rights and freedoms. Originally established in 1999, the Institute is now a Touro-wide center that covers the full spectrum of Touro College’s many contributions to the field of human rights education and conveying the lessons of the Holocaust. On July 20, 2007, the UN’s Economic and Social Council granted the Institute special consultative status with the UN, thus providing it with unique access to global decision makers and increasing the reach of its message. v