Statements

Tuesday, February 21, 2017 - 2:24pm

American Jewish Congress President Jack Rosen released the following statement:

"The American Jewish Congress welcomes the intervention by President Donald Trump following the rise in anti-Semitic incidents that have taken place across the country. The recent incidents have been extremely worrying and it is important that the President and his administration take the lead in the fight against anti-Semitism. We would like to encourage President Trump to make racism in all its forms a priority and to ensure that he speaks out in the strongest possible terms against this unacceptable stain on our society."

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Friday, February 17, 2017 - 7:01pm

American Jewish Congress President Jack Rosen and Vice President Dr. Munr Kazmir issued the following statement:

"The American Jewish Congress condemns the horrific terrorist attack that took the lives of 75 people and injured more than 200 people at the 800-year-old shrine of Qalandar Lal Shahbaz in Sehwan Pakistan. Thousands were gathered with their families, including their children, to joyfully celebrate the ritual of sufi dance, ‘Dhamal’, when a suicide bomber entered the shrine and blew himself up. Hospitals are in state of emergency, as rescue efforts endure to assist the wounded. Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of all those murdered and injured in this attack."

 

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Wednesday, February 15, 2017 - 3:53pm
Ahead of David Friedman’s confirmation hearing this week as US Ambassador to Israel, Jack Rosen, President, Dr. Munr Kazmir, Vice President, and Dr. Ben Chouake, Secretary of the American Jewish Congress made the following comment:
 
“The American Jewish Congress is looking forward to David Friedman’s congressional hearing tomorrow.
 
"We have worked tirelessly over the years to build bridges between Israelis and Palestinians, but now is the time to send a strong message to stop Palestinian incitement and murdering of Jews. Naming Friedman by new Trump Administration is surely a signal that its no more business as usual. Ambassadors do not make policy, but they effectively communicate the message from the President. Mr. Friedman will represent a different approach to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict than we have seen in the past and we hope the U.S. Senate Committee have a fair hearing and approve his appointment.
 
“Not everyone will agree with Mr. Friedman’s positions on settlements and moving the embassy, but we feel strongly that a new approach is required to change the behavior of the international community and the Palestinian Authority.  The Palestinians have not been serious about the Peace Process for many years and have been working to undermine the State of Israel both on the international stage, as well as through incitement of hatred and acts of violence against Israelis. The Palestinians and the international community need to understand that diplomatic terrorism has consequences. This move by the new administration is perhaps only a natural reaction to previous events and we hope it will bring a fresh approach to longstanding issues.”
 
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Monday, February 13, 2017 - 3:32pm

Commenting on Prime Minister Netanyahu’s visit to the United States, American Jewish Congress President Jack Rosen made the following statement:

"The American Jewish Congress welcomes the visit to the United States by the Prime Minister of Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu. This will be the first visit by Prime Minister Netanyahu to the United States since the inauguration of President Donald Trump. The visit provides the opportunity to re-establish and further strengthen the long-standing strong relationship between the United States and Israel based on shared values and co-operation in many different areas.

“Prime Minister Netanyahu and President Trump have both expressed disapproval for the Iran Deal that was struck by the previous Obama Administration. We hope that this visit will present an opportunity for the two leaders to discuss how to ensure that Iran never obtains a nuclear weapon.

"We hope President Trump and Prime Minister Netanyahu will discuss the role of the United Nations, especially with regard to its actions regarding the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict and particularly in the aftermath of the Anti-Israel United Nations Security Council Resolution 2334. We welcome the statement by Ambassador Nikki Haley prior to her swearing in as US Ambassador to the United Nations when she said she 'would not go to New York and abstain when the UN seeks to create an international environment that encourages boycotts of Israel.’

"The United States and Israel have a strong trading relationship which has increased since the U.S-Israel Free Trade Agreement came into force in 1985. This trading relationship reaches across many industries and we strongly encourage the two leaders to take actions to further strengthen these ties.

"The American Jewish Congress is heartened by the fact that President Trump has seen fit to invite Prime Minister Netanyahu as one of the first world leaders to visit him at the White House. We hope that the discussions that will take place between the two leaders will lead to the relationship between the United States and Israel to be further strengthened."

 

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Wednesday, January 18, 2017 - 2:59pm

American Jewish Congress President Jack Rosen and Vice President Dr. Munr Kazmir released the following statement:

 

“On behalf of the American Jewish Congress, we would like to express our gratitude to the Government of the United Kingdom for its strong and principled diplomatic efforts to stand with Israel and the Jewish community. By choosing not to sign the communique of the Paris Peace Conference, which was negotiated without the presence of either party involved in the conflict, the British Government has made a clear policy decision. This choice continues a process that began with the Prime Minister’s speech after UN Security Resolution 2334, and the UK is now looking to prevent unfair and inappropriate conduct towards Israel. This is particularly important during the final days of the presidential transition period in the United States, when we know that the incoming administration has indicated a very different approach to the incumbent.

 

“The American Jewish Congress is clear that the only way that peace can be advanced in a fair and proper manner is by direct, bi-lateral negotiations, between Israel and the Palestinians.

 

“We would also like to take this opportunity to thank the British government for its commitment to ensuring a fair and balanced narrative is presented within the United Kingdom, especially in a political context which is often set against Israel.”

Tuesday, January 17, 2017 - 3:28pm

American Jewish Congress President Jack Rosen issued the following statement:

“The American Jewish Congress congratulates Antonio Tajani on his election as President of the European Parliament.

“The AJCongress looks forward to working with Mr Tajani during his stewardship of the European Parliament to further strengthen the strong relationship between Israel and the European Union.

“Throughout his time in the European Parliament, Mr Tajani has been a strong supporter of Israel. Notably, Mr Tajani’s led a delegation of industry associations and company representatives from EU countries to Israel, to strengthen business relations between the EU and Israel.

“The AJCongress hopes that Mr Tajani will continue his strong support for Israel in his new role and we look forward to working with him in the future.”

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Friday, January 13, 2017 - 12:45pm

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

JANUARY 13, 2017

 

AMERICAN JEWISH CONGRESS STATEMENT CRITICAL OF THE PARIS SUMMIT ON JANUARY 15TH AND UN SECURITY COUNCIL MEETING ON JANUARY 17TH

American Jewish Congress President Jack Rosen, Vice President Dr. Munr Kazmir, and the Secretary of the Organization Dr. Ben Chouake issued the following statement:

“The American Jewish Congress stands opposed to the Paris Peace Conference led by France on January 15thand the possibility of any further untoward one-sided and anti-Israel resolutions at the UN Security Council meeting set two days later on January 17th. We also support the decision taken by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu not to attend the summit. The way the outgoing Obama administration has acted in its final weeks in office, allowing the adoption of the anti-Israel resolution by the Security Council on December 23rd, 2016, has given the impression that this summit and subsequent Security Council meeting will be biased against Israel.

“President Obama is continuing to use his final days in Office to wrongly influence the peace process. It is a long-standing convention that an outgoing administration does not take it upon themselves to make major policy changes in the lead up to the inauguration of their successor. The Paris talks should be postponed, as the newly elected President should have the opportunity to represent the U.S. on this issue. Until then, the United States should maintain the status quo and oppose resolutions against Israel by international bodies, rather than turning their back on years of foreign policy. 

“There is only one way that the Israeli-Palestinian conflict can be solved, through direct bi-lateral negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians. Resolution 2334 has already changed the goal–posts for any talks. Every effort should now be made to bring the parties together on an equal footing, the current moves by the international community are prejudiced against Israel and are preventing constructive dialogue.

“The countries attending the Paris summit should be aware that singling out America's ally Israel five days before the January 20th inauguration, will be viewed as a complete lack of respect for American convention and the newly elected Trump Administration. The participants should also recognize that any attempt to put together a second anti-Israel UN Security Council Resolution will make it harder to achieve lasting peace and send a negative message to the incoming Administration whose publicly stated views are in opposition to the anti-Israel resolution.”

 

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Friday, January 6, 2017 - 11:59am
Following the House of Representative voting to oppose the Anti-Israel UN Resolution, American Jewish Congress President Jack Rosen, Vice President Dr. Munr Kazmir, and the Secretary of the Organization Dr. Ben Chouake issued the following statement:
 
“The American Jewish Congress welcomes today’s vote by the House of Representatives against the one-sided and anti-Israel UN Resolution 2334. We cannot sit by and passively allow this administration to set back the Israel-Palestinian peace process for generations in their final weeks of office. The motion is right to set out that by abstaining from the UNSC resolution the Obama Administration turned its back on years of American Foreign Policy.
 
“The bipartisan congressional measure led today by House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Ed Royce and Ranking Member Eliot Engel recognizes that by mentioning the ‘4 June 1967 lines,’ UN Resolution 2334 effectively states that the Jewish Quarter of the Old City of Jerusalem and the Western Wall, Judaism’s holiest sites, are ‘occupied territory.’ The American Jewish Congress has been voicing its concern to lawmakers on this critical issue in the UN resolution, as it’s an appalling affront to Jewish communities all over the world and needs to be rejected.
 
“For generations, America and Israel have been the closest of allies. We cannot allow this administration, in its closing hour, to continue with its anti-Israel agenda. Rather, we hope this vote by the U.S. Congress will be the first step in rebuilding our bond with Israel.”
 
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Thursday, January 5, 2017 - 5:18pm

Following Prime Minister Theresa May's criticism of Secretary Kerry’s remarks after the adoption of the Anti-Israel UN Security Council Resolution 2334, the American Jewish Congress President Jack Rosen and Vice President Dr. Munr Kazmir made the following statement: "The American Jewish Congress welcomes Prime Minister May’s statement on Thursday (12/29) responding to Secretary Kerry’s speech which criticized Israel, with her spokesperson saying that PM May does ‘not believe that it is appropriate to attack the composition of the democratically elected government of an ally.’ “Sec. Kerry remarks of attacking another democratically elected government are out of place. America would be shocked and outraged if one of our democratic allies would make a similar negative remark on the composition of our democratically elected government.”

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Friday, December 30, 2016 - 10:42am

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

December 29th, 2016

American Jewish Congress Statement on Parliamentarian Elections in Macedonia

American Jewish Congress President Jack Rosen and Vice President Dr. Munr Kazmir released the following statement: 

“The American Jewish Congress congratulates Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski and his party, VMRO DPMNE, for their victory in the recent December parliamentary elections in Macedonia. We appreciate the reports by ODIHR, as well as other international observers, that the elections were free, fair and democratic.

“The AJCongress hopes Prime Minister Gruevski and his party will continue with its cooperative programs with the Jewish community in Macedonia as well as Jews around the world. We also hope the excellent relations between Macedonia and Israel on political, economic, diplomatic and security issues will continue.

“AJCongress President, Jack Rosen, met with Prime Minister Gruevski earlier this year in New York to discuss the building of the Museum of the Holocaust in Skopje as well as founding of the fund of the holocaust. The AJCongress hopes the elections will open new opportunities for Macedonia and we look forward to closer cooperation with Prime Minister Gruevski and the Government of the Republic of Macedonia.”

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