Former Albanian government minister Valentina Leskaj has joined the Combat Anti-Semitism Movement (CAM) Advisory Board, becoming the first Muslim member of the board and joining a list of advisors helping the organization spearhead the fight against anti-Semitism across the world.
Leskaj was a Member of the Albanian Parliament from 2002 to 2017. She served as Minister of Labor and Social Affairs, Deputy Speaker of Parliament and Vice President of the Parliamentary Assembly of Council of Europe.
From 2013-17, she was President of the Albania – Israel Friendship Group in the Albanian Parliament and head of the Albanian Parliament Delegation in Council of Europe.
She has also been active in academia and civil society, campaigning for equality and human rights. She has authored publications on politics, human rights, gender, population and development issues.
Leskaj joins Jewish Agency Chairman Isaac Herzog, former-US Sen. Joe Lieberman, human rights activist Natan Sharansky, Frankfurt Mayor Uwe Becker, UK Lords John Mann and Eric Pickles, and Harvard academic Dr. Ruth Wisse.
Leskaj stated on Monday that “the disease of anti-Semitism is becoming increasingly prominent in countries across the world. It is not just a danger to Jews and Jewish communities. It is a threat to every decent society and therefore to people of all backgrounds, Muslim, Christian and beyond.”
“Therefore, I have always been determined to fight against the scourge of anti-Semitism, wherever it is found. I am delighted to contribute to the important work being done by the Combat Anti-Semitism Movement and to join the distinguished names already on its Advisory Board,” she added.
Sacha Roytman-Dratwa, CAM Director commented that by joining the organization, Leskaj is “sending a crucial message that anti-Semitism is an important issue beyond Jewish communities, including the Muslim world.”
CAM is a non-partisan, global movement across all religions and faiths, united around the goal of ending anti-Semitism in all its forms.
Since its launch in February 2019, 265 organizations and 280,000 individuals have joined CAM.