Statements

Thursday, January 28, 2016 - 3:11pm

NEW YORK—Yesterday, on International Holocaust Remembrance Day, Italian Ambassador to Israel Francesco Maria Talo cited his country’s “special responsibility” to commemorate the genocide. Indeed, Italy was one of the first countries to make January 27, the date of the liberation of Auschwitz, a national day of remembrance. Today, American Jewish Congress (AJCongress) President Jack Rosen praised Italy’s example to Europe:

"At a time when anti-Semitism is on the rise across Europe, Italy serves as a model for the positive effect nations can make when they take it upon themselves to remember critical historical events such as the Holocaust. On behalf of the American Jewish Congress, I would like to thank the Italian government for showing that with responsibility and initiative, there is a better way forward. I look forward to continuing this important discourse with Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi and Ambassador to the United Nations Sebastiano Cardi.”

As Mayor of Florence, Prime Minister Renzi came to Israel in 2012 as part of the AJCongress/American Council For World Jewry’s International Mayors Conference.

Tuesday, January 5, 2016 - 3:30pm

NEW YORK—Following the recent announcements that the Florida state legislature passed an anti-BDS bill and the California state legislature introduced a bill opposing BDS, American Jewish Congress (AJCongress) President Jack Rosen issued the following statement:

“We at the American Jewish Congress are very proud of the state representatives of Florida and California for taking the initiative to pass measures aimed at curtailing the BDS movement.

"Now more than ever, we must work to counteract the corrosive nature of the BDS movement,  properly educate the American populous on the true aims of BDS, and undermine the toxic form that the movement has taken on college campuses and in academic circles. Each state or institution that adopts anti-BDS legislation aids Israel and Jews worldwide in their mission to stand up against those who seek to delegitimize the Jewish State, which is the true aim of BDS.”

Monday, December 14, 2015 - 12:33pm

NEW YORK—Today, in response to the new Argentinian government’s decision to effectively void its agreement with Iran regarding the investigation of the 1994 bombing of the AMIA Jewish center, American Jewish Congress (AJCongress) President Jack Rosen issued the following statement:

"We applaud the Argentinian government’s new direction on this important matter. This decision demonstrates the immediate and positive impact of President Mauricio Macri’s leadership when it comes to revitalizing Argentina’s image at home, within Latin America and around the globe. President Macri is continuing to show why he is such an important partner for both the global Jewish community and the State of Israel.”

Last week, AJCongress President Jack Rosen attended the swearing in ceremony for Argentinian President Macri. Macri, who participated in last year’s International Mayors Conference in Jerusalem, invited Rosen to Buenos Aires as a guest for the ceremony.

Click here for a photo of American Jewish Congress President Jack Rosen and President Mauricio Macri at today’s ceremony in Buenos Aires. The photo is courtesy of American Jewish Congress.

Thursday, December 10, 2015 - 3:56pm

BUENOS AIRES—Today, American Jewish Congress (AJCongress) President Jack Rosen attended the swearing in ceremony for recently elected Argentinian President Mauricio Macri. Macri, who participated in last year’s International Mayors Conference in Jerusalem, invited Rosen to Buenos Aires as a guest for the ceremony.

Reflecting on the significance of the newly elected Argentinian leader, AJCongress President Jack Rosen issued the following statement:

"Today’s ceremonies only served to reaffirm my strong belief that the people of Argentina have elected a true leader—a leader who is prepared to usher in a new era of economic prosperity, increased accountability and restored international diplomacy. I look forward to supporting President Macri as he works to revitalize Argentina’s image at home, within Latin America and around the globe. For the Jewish community especially, President Macri will be an important partner in confronting sponsors of terror and ultimately, creating a safer, more tolerant world.”

Click here for a photo of American Jewish Congress President Jack Rosen and President Mauricio Macri at today’s ceremony in Buenos Aires. The photo is courtesy of American Jewish Congress.

Tuesday, December 8, 2015 - 8:30pm

NEW YORK—In response to presidential candidate Donald Trump’s comments that the government should temporarily bar all Muslims from entering the United States in wake of the San Bernardino tragedy, American Jewish Congress (AJCongress) President Jack Rosen issued the following statement:

“The idea of singling out any ethnic or religious group in a condemnatory light is antithetical to both this country’s founding principles and the quintessential values of the American Jewish Congress.

Even amid periods of great tragedy and heartbreak, as the seams of the Middle East have been torn open and anxiety fills the consciences of many Americans, we must be mindful of the way we approach these incredibly sensitive issues.

We must keep in mind that only a tiny sliver of those who practice Islam are extremists or hold ties to extremist groups, and combat a status quo where Muslims are stereotyped or hated by the average American.

The American Jewish Congress has defended the civil rights and liberties of all Americans--as well as hopeful future Americans--since its inception, nearly 100 years ago. We expect our leaders to accept and embody the ideals of America that we hold so dear: tolerance, equality, freedom, and understanding.”

 

Tuesday, December 8, 2015 - 5:00pm

NEW YORK—In response to strong comments on Iran and the Boycotts, Sanctions, and Divestment (BDS) movement made over the weekend at both the Saban Forum and the US-Israel Business Initiative, American Jewish Congress (AJCongress) President Jack Rosen issued the following statement:

“We appreciate and agree with the sentiments expressed by Hillary Clinton in regards to both Iran and the BDS movement. Her comments overlap almost congruously with the American Jewish Congress’s views on both issues.

"Further, we thank US Trade Representative Michael Froman for reaffirming the U.S. government’s stance against BDS and recommitting to economic ties between the U.S. and Israel at a
crucial juncture.

"Now more than ever, we must work to counteract the corrosive nature of the BDS movement, properly educate the American populous on the true aims of BDS, and undermine the toxic form that the movement has taken on college campuses and in academic circles. Each institution that adopts BDS is another blow to Israel and only aids those who wish to delegitimize the Jewish State, which is the true aim of BDS.

"The United States must also remain vigilant in monitoring Iran to ensure that it never obtains a nuclear weapon.”

Tuesday, November 24, 2015 - 5:45pm

NEW YORK—In response to the victory of Argentinian President-elect Mauricio Macri, who participated in last year’s International Mayors Conference in Jerusalem, American Jewish Congress (AJCongress) President Jack Rosen issued the following statement:

"On behalf of American Jewish Congress, I would like to offer a sincere congratulations to President-elect Macri on his successful campaign. After getting to know Mr. Macri over the past few years, I am confident that the people of Argentina have elected a true leader. I look forward to continuing to work with the Argentinian president as he leads his country into an era of increased accountability and economic prosperity, and a renewed role of influence in Latin America and the world.”

For the past 30 years, the International Mayors Conference has fostered an international dialogue among the world’s local leaders because of the strong belief in their power to change and improve people’s lives. Mr. Macri is the second participating mayor who has recently moved on to become a head of state, the first being Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi who was elected in February 2014.

Click here for a photo of American Jewish Congress President Jack Rosen, President-elect Mauricio Macri and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu from the 2014 International Mayors Conference in Jerusalem. And click here for a photo of American Jewish Congress President Jack Rosen, President-elect Mauricio Macri, and Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton from the American Jewish Congress lifetime achievement award ceremony in March 2014.

Monday, November 23, 2015 - 4:00pm

NEW YORK—In response to Argentinian President-elect Mauricio Macri’s announcement that he will cancel his country’s agreement with Iran regarding the 1994 terrorist attack on a Jewish cultural center upon entering office, American Jewish Congress (AJCongress) President Jack Rosen issued the following statement:

“We stand with President-elect Macri on his decision to cancel Argentina’s agreement with Iran and investigate the 1994 attack on the AMIA Jewish center in Buenos Aires -- an incident for which Iran, and its proxy Hezbollah, have been under suspicion for more than 20 years.

This move is crucial to countering Iran’s toxic global influence, especially as it strives to exert itself in South America. Justice for the 85 victims murdered, and many more gravely injured, is long overdue. Americans should take comfort in knowing that the new president of Argentina is their ally and will not put up with the belligerent behavior of the Iranian regime.”

Saturday, November 14, 2015 - 6:23pm

NEW YORK -- American Jewish Congress (AJCongress) President Jack Rosen: “We at the American Jewish Congress stand in solidarity with all those affected by the horrendous terror attacks in Paris -- the victims, their families and friends, the French government and everyone in the world who cherishes the tenets of democracy, freedom and tolerance.

Those who oppose our rights to safety must be brought to justice. Those who seek to impose their radical beliefs upon the world -- through destruction, violence and cruelty -- must be brought to justice. We respect and cherish the freedom for all global citizens to formulate their own belief systems, but those ideologies that seek to undermine the security of others must not be allowed to proliferate.

While this heinous act will certainly not go unheeded, we must be sure to educate ourselves on the facts, and those that will come to follow, to rid our minds of malice and steer clear from harsh stereotypes and generalizations -- Islamophobia, xenophobia and racism.

If we let hatred fill our hearts, rather than sympathy and compassion, we will only grant victory to the barbaric actors who have cast such a dark shadow upon the world. So instead, our thoughts and prayers remain with all those affected by violence and hatred across the world and we wish for safe refuge for all those who believe in peace and love.

Je suis Paris; Je suis France."

Thursday, November 12, 2015 - 11:28am

NEW YORK -- In response to the European Commission’s decision to label products produced in east Jerusalem, the Golan Heights and the West Bank, and exclude them from the Israeli Free Trade agreement with the European Union (EU), American Jewish Congress (AJCongress) President Jack Rosen issued the following statement:

“We are gravely disappointed that the European Commission has decided to legitimize the BDS movement in the eyes of Europeans and discount historical precedent with this motion.

Anti-Semitism is at a dangerous tipping point in Europe, as radical right-wing parties have taken a larger stake in EU member states given the public’s disillusionment with government following the fiscal crisis. It is scary enough that there are elected officials in Europe who speak openly against Jews, but now it appears that the EU has gone one step further in its failure to recognize this crisis of anti-Semitism amid the continent where the Jew’s darkest days unfolded.

With the recent surge in attacks on Jews across Europe -- from France to Norway -- it is evident that the EU should be moving to educate the public against anti-Semitism, not encouraging it by vilifying Israel.

Jews from Europe, and across the world, must stand up against this ignorant decision by coming together and telling their respective governments that they must support Israel and defend what is right. If this motion goes unheeded, it will be another dangerous step down the slippery slope of European anti-Jewish sentiment. We cannot allow this to continue.”

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