American Jewish Congress Applauds The Clintons for Comments on BDS and Israel

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Wednesday, May 18, 2016 - 12:05pm

NEW YORK -- Last week, former President Bill Clinton defended his record on Israel and that of his wife, presidential candidate and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, during a political rally for her campaign, in response to a heckler. Secretary Clinton also issued a press statement criticizing the BDS movement amid the United Methodist Church’s move to pass a resolution boycotting Israel, which ultimately failed this weekend during their annual General Conference. Today, American Jewish Congress (AJCongress) President Jack Rosen issued the following statement:

“The Clintons have always been a strong ally to Israel, and history will always recall President Clinton’s determined efforts to establish a peace deal between Israelis and Palestinians during his time in the White House. We were very impressed with Mr. Clinton’s candor, responding with substantive and genuine answers to a heckler at Secretary Clinton’s political rally, and reminding the world of the dire tactics used by Hamas in Gaza -- using its own citizens as human shields -- so often forgotten by proponents of BDS.

“Secretary Clinton’s statement could not have come at a more vital juncture, as the United Methodist Church voted on pro-BDS resolutions over the weekend. It was a bold decision for Clinton to critique the parent organization of her own religion in defense of the Jewish State’s right to self-determination. For months, the American Jewish Congress has been appealing the Methodist Church to disavow any BDS resolutions that are put forth by its members, and in one fell swoop Secretary Clinton was able to help put the issue to rest.

“We thank the Clintons for standing up for what is right and defending Israel.”