November 30, 2023

The Israeli organization Brothers in Arms received the Halifax International Security Forum’s John McCain Award for their exceptional leadership. The award is given to individuals who demonstrate exceptional leadership in their struggle for justice. The organization was recognized for its quick mobilization and transition from protest to war. The award was granted on the 75th anniversary of Israel’s creation and in the aftermath of the Oct. 7 attack. The organization was praised for its role in defense of Israeli democracy and providing civilian aid during Israel’s war with Hamas. The Halifax Security Conference, which is widely attended by leaders and senior officials in security and diplomacy, is responsible for granting the award. Lital Leshem, an officer in the Intelligence Corps, responded to the announcement on behalf of Brothers in Arms, highlighting the organization’s efforts to protect Israeli democracy and provide civil aid. Brothers in Arms aims to help the IDF win, embrace and assist the families of the abducted and missing, and support the displaced from their homes in building a better society.