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Central American Leaders to Meet in Panama to Celebrate Ties With State of Israel

September 5, 2022

(Monday, September 5, 2022) – Dozens of ministers, politicians, mayors, religious leaders and heads of influential NGOs from more than 10 nations will meet in Panama City, Panama, from the 6th to 8th September, for the 2022 first-ever in-person Central America-Israel Forum, which celebrates the State of Israel’s deep and longstanding ties with Central America.

Among the prominent speakers will be President of the Republic of Panama Laurencio Cortizo Cohen, Minister of Education of the Republic of Panama Maruja Gorday de Villalobos, Minister of Private Investment at the Presidency of the Republic of Panama José Alejandro Rojas, Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Panama Ana Lucia Castro, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Guatemala Mario Búcaro, and Undersecretary of the Ministry of Environment of the Oriental Republic of Uruguay Gerardo Amarilla.

From Israel, Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Oded Forer, Diaspora Affairs Minister Nachman Shai, and Yad Vashem Chairman Dani Dayan will also participate.

The distinguished group of top decision-makers and community activists from across the region will discuss contemporary relations between Central America, Israel, and the United States, as well as address challenges and opportunities in the global fight against Jew-hatred.

Towards the end of the event, the dignitaries will sign a joint declaration expressing their support for Israel and the Jewish people.

There will also be an award ceremony honoring the work of Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Guatemala Búcaro for his strong and enduring relations with the State of Israel and the Jewish people.

For further details and registration, visit: centralamerica.combatantisemitism.org

The Combat Antisemitism Movement is a global coalition engaging more than 500 partner organizations and 1.7 million people from a diverse array of religious, political, and cultural backgrounds in the common mission of fighting the world’s oldest hatred. CAM acts collaboratively to build a better future, free of bigotry, for Jews and all humanity.