A Jewish philanthropist received a Nobel nomination last week for his work with Syrian refugees in Bulgaria.
Texas Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee nominated Jewish philanthropist Yank Barry for the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize on Wednesday. The politician’s nomination marks the third time Barry has been so honored.
In a statement announcing the nomination, Jackson Lee wrote that Barry “singlehandedly spearheaded a never before accomplished mission to rescue over 60 individuals from the deplorable conditions in the refugee camps of Bulgaria. He continues to support the rescued families by providing a ‘safe-house’ where children and their families are given a place to call home, food, medical care, employment, legal assistance, education and other ongoing provisions.”
She continued, “He also has been and continues to be instrumental in keeping peace amongst Bulgarian government officials and groups in the Syrian refugee crisis. He has crossed religious and economic boundaries for the helpless victims of the Syrian war; giving new life to Muslims and Christians, as a Jew. His foundation, Global Village Champions Foundation, and his longtime friend and partner Muhammad Ali have successfully fed nearly 1 billion documented and delivered meals, all privately funded by Mr. Barry.”
Known as the “Jewish Schindler,” Barry has worked to relocate Syrian refugees to permanent housing for the past year. His NGO also provided food and clothing for typhoon victims in the Philippines.