Statements

Thursday, December 22, 2016 - 5:17pm

American Jewish Congress President Jack Rosen released the following statement applauding Egypt, after it requested that there would be no vote on an anti-Israel resolution that was set for a vote today in the UN Security Council:

“The UN Security Council resolution originally proposed by Egypt and promoted by the Palestinians was severely biased against Israel and would have served to be divisive across the region. Many in the Middle East are fighting common enemies –ISIS, Iranian regime, Al-Qaeda etc., as Egypt's request not to vote on the resolution today will allow the region to focus on more critical challenges.

“The American Jewish Congress has long advocated for a peaceful resolution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, negotiated by Palestinian and Israeli leaders without outside interference. One-sided measures at the United Nations Security Council only confuse an already complicated situation, while further fueling the conflict, delegitimizing one party and emboldening the pro-BDS (Boycott, Divestment Movement) movement. “We applaud Egypt for changing direction, as it will avoid a potential collision course between the Obama and Trump administrations.”

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Saturday, December 17, 2016 - 10:20am
American Jewish Congress President Mr. Jack Rosen and Vice President Dr. Munr Kazmir released the following statement on the announcement of David Friedman being appointed as the next U.S. Ambassador to Israel:
“The American Jewish Congress congratulates David Friedman on his appointment as U.S. Ambassador to Israel.
 
"Clearly, Mr. Friedman represents a different approach to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict than we have seen in the past. While we support fully a peaceful resolution and have worked tirelessly over the years to build bridges between Israelis and Palestinians, it is, however the time to confront Palestinian incitement and murdering of Jews. 
 
“That said, the Palestinians have not been serious about the Peace Process for many years and have been working to undermine the State of Israel both through incitement of hatred and acts of violence against Israelis, and also through diplomatic and lobbying efforts abroad, including attacking Israel in foreign parliaments, at the United Nations and most recently leading the efforts at UNESCO resolutions to deny Jewish and Christian claims to historical holy sites. The Palestinians and the international community need to understand that diplomatic terrorism has consequences, and so it’s no surprise to us that the incoming US Administration seems to be pursuing a different approach, as seen by Mr. Friedman’s appointment and widely publicized plans to move the Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. 
 
“All actions have consequences and this move by the new Trump Administration is perhaps only a natural reaction.”

 

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Wednesday, November 9, 2016 - 4:12pm

STATEMENT BY AMERICAN JEWISH CONGRESS PRESIDENT
JACK ROSEN VICE PRESIDENT MUNR KAZMIR ON DONALD TRUMP’S ELECTION VICTORY

New York--“On behalf of the American Jewish Congress, we congratulate Donald Trump on yesterday’s historic victory. As President-elect, the transition to leading the nation begins today, and his success in achieving greater prosperity and security for the United States will be enhanced if we come together in common purpose as Americans.

“We welcome a discussion of new ideas his Administration may propose to reinforce our long-standing bipartisan relationship with Israel, combat the threats of terrorism to the U.S. and our allies, and ensure a vigilant oversight on the implementation of the flawed and dangerous nuclear agreement with Iran.

“The American Jewish Congress stands ready to work closely with Mr. Trump on these and other important public policy issues in the years ahead.”

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Wednesday, October 26, 2016 - 3:41pm

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 26, 2016
 

 

AMERICAN JEWISH CONGRESS STATEMENT ON UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE COMMITTEE VOTE

NEW YORK – Upon hearing of the adoption of a resolution by the UNESCO World Heritage Committee that denies Jewish and Christian ties to Jerusalem, American Jewish Congress President Jack Rosen issued the following statement:

“We are deeply disappointed with the UNESCO World Heritage Committee for adopting, today, a racist resolution that attacks Jews’ and Christians’ historical connection to Jerusalem, as this also runs counter to American values.

“Over the past month, the American Jewish Congress has been engaged in meetings and discussions with senior officials from the United States and leaders around the world, to educate and raise awareness of the dangerous consequences from these resolutions. Our advocacy efforts included: meeting with UN ambassadors, heads of state, and asking members of the U.S. Congress to individually let ambassadors of the UNESCO voting countries know that this is unacceptable. American support against today’s resolution came from letters and statements issued by members of the U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate, and by a statement issued last night by presidential candidate, Hillary Clinton:

'It is disappointing and wrong to see that UNESCO's World Heritage Committee is considering a resolution on Jerusalem that fails to recognize and respect the deep and historic ties of the Jewish people to Jerusalem and its holy sites. Tomorrow's planned vote follows an outrageous UNESCO vote last week on a similar resolution. I have always stood with Israel to reject these biased actions at the United Nations, and I always will.'

“We extend our deepest appreciation to the member countries of the World Heritage Committee that either abstained or opposed the resolution. As we look to the leadership network built in our annual International Mayors Conference program, we wish to send a special thank you to: Argentine President Mauricio Macri for Argentina abstaining on the first vote that occurred in the UNESCO Executive Committee and Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi for his recent statement and commitment. We also thank Mexico and Brazil for taking a stand against the matter.

“The American Jewish Congress will continue to monitor the situation, and work towards the reversal of this one-sided decision, including efforts with whoever will become the next president of the United States. Further, we remain deeply committed to our mission of building ties with leaders early on, so we can prepare for future stunts like these at the United Nations.”

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Thursday, October 13, 2016 - 4:02pm

NEW YORK – As news of UNESCO adopting an anti-Israel resolution circulates, American Jewish Congress President Jack Rosen issued the following statement:

"The American Jewish Congress strongly condemns UNESCO for adopting a resolution that attempts to rewrite history by disregarding Judaism and Christianity’s ties to the Temple Mount and Western Wall, while solely identifying Islam as having religious ties to these sacred sites.

“We also condemn the shameful timing, as the resolution circulated while the Jewish faith observed the Jewish High Holidays, with the vote scheduled for today, a day after Yom Kippur.

“Lastly, we are deeply disappointed with the 24 countries that voted in favor. Your collective submission allowing this motion to pass sets a dangerous precedent of further politicizing the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and also engagers it to be turned into a religious one.”

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Monday, October 10, 2016 - 3:41pm

American Jewish Congress President Jack Rosen issued the following statement in response to the massive devastation caused by Hurricane Matthew:

“The American Jewish Congress extends its deepest sympathies to all those affected by Hurricane Matthew. The category-four storm severely impacted the Republic of Haiti, taking the lives of 1000 people. Villages and towns have been completely decimated. 60,000 people are living in temporary shelters and at least 1.4 million people await much needed assistance.

“The AJCongress strongly supports robust and immediate relief efforts, urging the international community to act expeditiously, as the UN Security General calls for a ‘massive response’ to help Haiti recover from the devastation caused by Hurricane Matthew.”
 

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Wednesday, September 28, 2016 - 2:35pm

NEW YORK—American Jewish Congress President Jack Rosen issued the following statement on the passing of Israeli leader President Shimon Peres:

“Today, we mourn the loss of an incredible Israeli leader and statesman, Shimon Peres (Z”L). During his lifetime, President Peres oversaw the building of Israel and her righteous place among the nations. No other countryman has held as many hats or roles for the Israeli people, serving as president, twice as prime minister, minister of foreign affairs, defense minister, finance minster, and transportation minister. He was the recipient of many well-deserved honors, among them the Nobel Peace Prize, U.S. Presidential Medal of Freedom and U.S. Congressional Gold Medal.

“Peres was a man of the world, a peacemaker, and a visionary who endeavored tirelessly for the greater good, demonstrating time and time again against incredible odds, opposition and criticism, that peace is the only way, and indeed, it is achievable.

“As he once said, ‘You are only as great as the cause you serve.’

“We will miss you, dear friend. Thank you for your service. May your memory always be a blessing. We have in our hearts and prayers at this time President Peres’ family, friends and loved ones, whom the world joins in mourning him.”
 

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Tuesday, September 27, 2016 - 10:08am

NEW YORK—In response to California Governor Jerry Brown signing into law legislation requiring companies doing business with the state of California to also not discriminate against other sovereign states, including Israel, American Jewish Congress President Jack Rosen issued the following statement:

“The American Jewish Congress applauds California Governor Brown for standing up for Israel and ensuring that his state will not engage with those on a mission to discriminate against Israel, its existence and its people. Governor Brown makes clear that California will not do business with those affiliated with the hateful and prejudiced BDS movement. He sets an example for governors and states across the country to follow. ”
 

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Thursday, September 22, 2016 - 9:43pm

NEW YORK—In response to Prime Minister Netanyahu’s remarks at the United Nations General Assembly in New York, American Jewish Congress President Jack Rosen issued the following statement:

“The American Jewish Congress is proud to support Prime Minister Netanyahu’s agenda that he presented in his address to the United Nations General Assembly for peace in the Middle East and the critical protection of Israel’s security. We share in his focus on promoting the advancement of the innovative industries that make Israel so unique -- science and technology, cybersecurity, and sustainable agriculture and water conservation.

“We agree with President Netanyahu that Israel is a valuable friend to so many countries and people across the globe, and we support the development of increased ties between Israel and the international community.”

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Monday, August 29, 2016 - 6:39pm

AJCongress President Jack Rosen sends letter to Brussels Airlines CEO

NEW YORK — Recent news reports revealed that Brussels Airlines decided to cease providing an Israeli-made food product on flights in response to pressure from supporters of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement. Jack Rosen, president of American Jewish Congress, a leading advocacy organization committed to ensuring the survival and security of Israel and protecting Jewish communities around the world, sent a letter today to Brussels Airlines CEO Bernard Gustin expressing his concerns and calling on the airline to change its decision, as well as released the below statement. The full text of the letter is included below.

“Brussels Airlines has unfortunately succumbed to pressure from the BDS movement by removing a food product from its flights. This decision is yet another example of how bias and hatred can subvert the efforts to find a path toward a two-state solution in the Middle East.

“Though not yet an official policy, the decision by some in Brussels Airlines management to cave in to BDS only drives a deeper wedge between Israelis and Palestinians rather than working creatively to bring both parties to the negotiating table. The transparent attack against the Jewish state through boycotts does nothing to advance the cause of peace and security, and undoubtedly will lead to difficult days ahead for the airline’s commercial relationships with other nations.

“BDS is a destructive, counterproductive force at odds with the goal of bringing Israelis and Palestinians together. I encourage Brussels Airlines to reverse its hasty anti-Israel decision which could have irreparable repercussions for the airline’s reputation, and for those advocating and working toward direct negotiations between the parties. Fairness and justice must prevail on difficult public policy issues that impact millions of lives.”
 

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