Statements

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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Media calls and enquiries should be directed the American Jewish Congress on +1 212 897-4500 or by email at leadership@ajcongress.org

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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Wednesday, December 28, 2016 - 6:44pm

American Jewish Congress President Jack Rosen released the following statement in response to Sec. Kerry’s Vision on resolving the Israel-Palestinian conflict and Prime Minister Netanyahu's response:

“Secretary Kerry’s vision for peace, must be examined in the context of what he has achieved in office. His policy decisions in the Middle East: ISIS, Iran and Russia’s takeover of Syria have all been at the least questionable and at the worst wrong. Based on his record, we have no faith in his Middle East policy decisions. Therefore we don't believe that he is right with the polices that he laid out today on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Nonetheless, despite the horrific scenes of over 250,000 innocent people massacred, including women and children in Syria, the Obama Administration has used its remaining time to single out Israel.

"UN Security Council resolution 2334 systematically removes Israel’s sovereignty over East Jerusalem, which contains both Judaism’s and Christianity’s’ holy sites. Therefore Sec. Kerry's remarks today, including the condemnation of the UNESCO resolutions over the summer are inconsistence with his support for UNSC 2334, because the operative language of the resolution severs Israel's sovereignty over East Jerusalem."

“The American Jewish Congress supports Prime Minister Netanyahu’s assertion that the conflict has always been rooted in the refusal of the Palestinians to recognize the Jewish State. UNSC 2334 dangerously changes the status quo for a path to peace that has existed for many decades, which radically alters American policy and potentially empowers the Palestinians to never have to negotiate and recognize the Jewish State of Israel.

“Now that the UN has approved, with the acquiescence of the United States, a different path to peace, it will take a shift of policy from President-Elect Donald Trump and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to rebuild the America-Israel relationship. As a result, The American Jewish Congress' position is that the American embassy should be immediately relocated to East Jerusalem, to protect Israel from UNSC 2334.

Having the American embassy and flag planted in East Jerusalem will send a serious statement to the international community and for all those eager to apply UNSC 2334 that Jerusalem shall remain Israel proper. It will be extremely difficult to argue that the American embassy is not in Israel. "We express our gratitude to the incoming administration for committing to the moving the embassy, and all that they are doing to address these issues during the transition period.

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Media calls and enquiries should be directed to Aaron Bass or Rosie Dean at The PR Office on +44 (0)20 7284 6969 or by email abass@theproffice.com or rdean@theproffice.com or the American Jewish Congress on +1 212 897-4500 or by email at leadership@ajcongress.org

Monday, December 26, 2016 - 7:04pm

AMERICAN JEWISH CONGRESS URGES THE U.S. CONGRESS TO HOLD HEARINGS

The American Jewish Congress urges immediate congressional hearings following the change of U.S. policy that resulted in the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) resolution on December 23, 2016.

There are serious questions that need to be asked of the Obama administration following UN Security Council Resolution 2334, with the US refusing to veto a one-sided anti-Israel biased resolution that puts Israel in international legal jeopardy and takes the position that the Jewish holy sites in Jerusalem, including the Western Wall are no longer a part of Israel.

We urge the US Congress to investigate the actions taken by the Obama administration leading up to the vote. Such a seismic shift in America Foreign Policy in the transition period, must be fully reviewed and accounted for, specifically, Samantha Power and Ben Rhodes should explain the process which led to their actions, particularly in light of questions being raised.

Further, there are worrying reports circulating of additional harmful resolutions at the UNSC, and so we strongly believe that the American people deserve to be aware of the Obama Administration's intentions and their change in policy towards the State of Israel.

 

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Media calls and enquiries should be directed to Aaron Bass or Rosie Dean at The PR Office on +44 (0)20 7284 6969 or by email abass@theproffice.com  or rdean@theproffice.com or the American Jewish Congress on +1 212 897-4500 or by email at leadership@ajcongress.org

 

Friday, December 23, 2016 - 5:32pm

AMERICAN JEWISH CONGRESS STATEMENT ON TODAY'S ANTI-ISRAEL UN SECURITY COUNCIL VOTE

After the passing of today’s anti-Israel resolution at the United Nations Security Council, with 14 countries voting in favor and the United States abstaining, American Jewish Congress President Jack Rosen released the following statement:

“In the strongest terms possible, the American Jewish Congress is deeply disappointed with the Obama Administration for shamefully abstaining on today's anti-Israel UN Security Council resolution. By the U.S. abstaining, President Obama abandoned long standing American foreign policy of vetoing one-sided resolutions against Israel at the United Nations, and in doing so, he steps away from his Presidency turning his back on the unbreakable bond with our great ally Israel.

“It has long been the policy of our organization that reaching a peaceful resolution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict can only be achieved by direct negotiations between Israeli and Palestinian leadership, with outside interface, especially by the UN, which continues to be an inherently biased anti-Israel institution. Today, by allowing the Security Council to condemn Israel and disgracefully applaud the passing of an anti-Israel resolution, it prematurely and unfairly determined a core final issue of the conflict, while undermining Israel’s position at the negotiating table. Further it opens the door for legitimized harmful boycotts and other commercial predatory practices against Israel.

“Obama’s Israel legacy will now be viewed as anti-Israel by a majority of Americans, and historians won't have to argue over it, as his feckless Iran Nuclear Deal and troubled relationship with Prime Minister Netanyahu have already given justified reasons for many that he was not a supporter of Israel. Accordingly, the American Jewish Congress now adopts this view with the adoption of today’s resolution.

“As we face challenging times, with soon to celebrate the holiday of lights - Chanukah, we remind ourselves that despite today’s outcome we must continue to be a light upon the nations. Moving forward, we dedicate and commit ourselves to rekindling the U.S.-Israel relationship and working with the next administration on repairing the damage done today. We are greatly appreciative to President-Elect Donald Trump for his efforts to fight for Israel on this critical issue."

 

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Media calls and enquiries should be directed to Aaron Bass or Rosie Dean at The PR Office on +44 (0)20 7284 6969 or by email abass@theproffice.com  or rdean@theproffice.com or the American Jewish Congress on +1 212 897-4500 or by email at leadership@ajcongress.org

 

Friday, December 23, 2016 - 1:40pm

ALERT: SECURITY COUNCIL MOVING FORWARD ON ANTI-ISRAEL RESOLUTION. MUST BE STOPPED!

American Jewish Congress President Jack Rosen released the following statement:

“As developments continue to unfold, both in the press and at the United Nations, with the UN Security Council now moving forward to vote today at 3:00pm on an anti-Israel resolution, the American Jewish Congress takes great issue with the Obama Administration's silence, as it has become clear that they have not publicly stated a position, when it has long been standing American foreign policy to veto any one-side biased Israel resolutions at the UN.

“We respect the office of the President of the United States, but with President Obama’s term ending, it’s not only the wrong time to bring something of this significance up, but extremely troubling that Obama and Secretary John Kerry did not publicly come out against, placing unfortunately America in a difficult situation and Israel in a poor light.

"President-elect Donald Trump did the right thing yesterday by intervening using Twitter to save Israel, for the day, as an updated draft of the resolution is now moving forward, and it’s imperative that it be vetoed.

"We are monitoring the situation and have been in constant contact with world leaders, as we continue to deploy all our resources to put an end to this once and for all. Now is not the time to be questioning American foreign policy. It sends the wrong message here at home and in the Middle East."

 

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Media calls and enquiries should be directed to Aaron Bass or Rosie Dean at The PR Office on +44 (0)20 7284 6969 or by email abass@theproffice.com  or rdean@theproffice.com or the American Jewish Congress on +1 212 897-4500 or by email at leadership@ajcongress.org

 

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