The grand marshal of this Sunday’s Celebrate Israel Parade along Fifth Avenue, marking 75 years of the state of Israel, has dedicated his life to giving names to Jews slaughtered by the Nazis and dumped anonymously in mass graves.
Upper East Sider Harley Lippman, founder of IT consulting firm, Genesis 10, was honored last week in Poland for his work in discovering previously undiscovered Jewish mass graves from WWII and he said that his mission is more critical now than ever.
“With the rise of antisemitism at record levels, it’s more important than ever to show unity and support for Israel — not just among American Jews, but non-Jews as well,” said Lippman, 68.
“As we’ve learned from history, when people reveal their bad intentions, we have to pay attention,” said Lippman. “It’s not just Iran that wants to wipe Israel off the map,” he said, with plenty of hate right here in NYC, especially after the now-infamous CUNY Law graduation speech demonizing the Jewish state. “All the more reason for us to show our pride and commitment to the strong America-Israel relationship.”