Archive for February 2009
I’ve been so pysched to meet him, but we hadn’t connected til this afternoon. Check his note out.
Aaron Cohen is a human rights activist who has established a modern-day “Jubilee” movement to free slaves, assist displaced peoples, and forgive debts around the world. Media stories have lauded his work finding and retrieving victims of human trafficking and have called him a “Slave Hunter”. Cohen was awarded a Commendation from the County of Los Angeles for his efforts combating human trafficking both at home and abroad, implementing human rights campaigns with music legends, politicians, royals, and religious leaders. On many of his missions in the US, in Israel, Egypt, Jordan, Iraq, Sudan, Ecuador, Columbia, Cambodia, Thailand, and in the Junta ruled Myanmar Burma– Cohen worked undercover and assessed the phenomenon of slavery from the inside. He was recently named by the World War II Memorial Foundation, the Immortal Chaplains, as the recipient of the 2008 Prize for Humanity for “risking all to save others”, and he was honored with a US Congressional Certificate of Merit for his public service.
Lt Aaron reports that Israel’a national registry has 331 Aaron Cohens between the age of 2 and 73. Very exciting news. Even better a new venture friend named pinny has a nephew names Aaron cohen who drove a tank during the gaza conflict. I want to interview Aaron “tank” cohen today before I go, but shabbat is ok it’s way and Jerusalem changes a bit on Friday evenings
What a night. I met my first Israeli Aaron Cohen who is 26 and studying to be a lawyer. He served in the rabinnical unit of the IDF and saw combat duty in the Lebanon war. I shot some Flip Video of him which I will try to put up. I thought he was charming. His friends were cool and bottom line is we’re brothers.
Most importantly, we are going to work hard on tracking down many more Aaron Cohens in Israel via something called the National Registry, which is a more frequently updated cenus. EVerybody should facebook Lieutenant Aaron Cohen