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Thursday, January 9, 2020 - 10:00am

By Jack Rosen, President of the American Jewish Congress 

Instead of taking this opportunity to change people's minds about the dangers of anti-Semitism, Senator Sanders enables and endorses the anti-Zionist rhetoric of his base.
 
No one expects sanders to give the Jewish community and Israel special treatment because of his Jewish heritage. But, at the same time, he should not be turning against the Jewish people and the Jewish homeland with greater vehemence than any non-Jewish candidate for president.
 
Hate and bigotry have no place in legitimate political discourse. Senator Sanders should acknowledge this and stop allying himself with those who embrace hatred of Israel and the Jewish people. 
 
Friday, December 6, 2019 - 9:00am

By Jack Rosen, President of the American Jewish Congress 

As the Democratic presidential candidates and their surrogates sweep through each caucus and primary state hoping to garner your support on issues near and dear, I want to offer you this point to consider: The vocal anti-Israel minority doesn't represent the majority of either the party or the Jewish community. 

Much has been made in the media of what the far-left squad - Representatives Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar - has done to "energize" the Democratic Party. What hasn't been covered as readily is what these same members say about Jews and the interests of the Jewish community. 

 

 

New York Post
Saturday, November 2, 2019 - 11:00am

The American Jewish Congress is demanding that Bernie Sanders fire one his top staffers, Linda Sarsour, for “a long history of flagrant anti-Semitism”.

Jack Rosen, president of the 101-year-old organization, blasted the Democratic presidential candidate in a scalding letter Wednesday about his controversial campaign surrogate.

As the only Jewish presidential candidate in the field, and as someone who may become the first Jewish President of the United States, you bear a special responsibility to the Jewish American community,” Rosen said in the blistering letter. “With the tide of anti-Semitism rising worldwide, it is of utmost importance that Jewish political and community leaders, such as yourself, show Jewish Americans that they will stand up for them.”

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The Hill
Tuesday, October 29, 2019 - 10:00am

By Jack Rosen, President of the American Jewish Congress

One year ago, we witnessed the true face of American anti-Semitism out in the open. The knowledge that dark forces in this country wish the Jewish people harm is not new, but Pittsburgh marked a boiling point. And while Jewish Americans are still relatively safe as a community, it's hard to deny that the problem is getting worse. Steps must be taken at the highest levels to prevent future violence against the Jewish people. 

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San Diego Jewish World
Tuesday, July 9, 2019 - 12:00pm

By Jack Rosen

NEW YORK –When Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez recently used the term “concentration camps” and the expression “Never Again” to refer to the detention centers on the U.S.-Mexico border, I found myself torn. The pain and urgency of America’s immigration and asylum crisis are immense. At the same time — and although my position is unpopular with some — I cannot ignore Representative Ocasio-Cortez’s continued politically-motivated marginalization and diminishment of the tragedies that define Jewish identity and concerns today. As President of the American Jewish Congress, one of America’s oldest and most visible organizations dedicated to defending the Jewish people and promoting their values, it is my duty to speak out on both matters.

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The Washington Times
Monday, July 8, 2019 - 12:00pm

The vice president called the lawmakers’ remarks a “slander of law enforcement” and “an insult to the six million killed in the Holocaust.”

“It should be condemned by every American of every political party everywhere!” Mr. Pence said to applause.

American Jewish Congress President Jack Rosen said Ms. Ocasio-Cortez’s “theatrics are unacceptable.”

“Her use of words and phrases which conjure painful emotional triggers for the Jewish people displays obliviousness to the feelings and history of Jews, and demeans her own cause by rendering these words elastic and adaptable for political purposes,” he said.

Mr. Rosen said the situation on the border “is brutal and countermands America’s deepest-held values.”

“But connecting it to the Holocaust in order to get attention and score political points is lazy and divisive; what we need is real effort and solidarity among people of goodwill to confront the problem,” he said.

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Arutz Sheva – Israel National News
Sunday, July 7, 2019 - 4:42pm

Jack Rosen, President of the American Jewish Congress, on Monday released a statement criticizing Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez for saying the United States of operating "concentration camps" on its southern border.

In a statement, Rosen stressed it was important to speak out about the situation on the US-Mexico border, which he described as “deplorable”, but added that Ocasio-Cortez’s comparison to the Holocaust is unacceptable.

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Times of Israel Blogs
Wednesday, June 26, 2019 - 3:31pm

By Jack Rosen, AJCongress President

This week’s economic workshop in Bahrain, where the US administration will present its “Peace to Prosperity” plan for development of the Palestinian economy, is an opportunity to re-enter a process which has the potential to propel the Middle East towards a better future.

Despite the natural, and understandable, skepticism surrounding the workshop, we firmly believe that engagement on economic issues can be a springboard for further dialogue and engagement. We are proud to have been involved in similar economic development initiatives since the 1990s, with belief that providing a sound economic foundation for the Palestinians makes peace more viable in the future. 

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The Jewish Voice
Wednesday, June 26, 2019 - 12:00pm

In a letter to Jewish Voice publisher David Ben Hooren, American Jewish Congress President Jack Rosen offered his organization’s perspective on the promising nature of the Bahrain summit.

Rosen wrote that the Bahrain conference represents “an opportunity to re-enter a process which has the potential to propel the Middle East towards a better future.”

He added that, “Despite the natural, and understandable, skepticism surrounding the workshop, we (the AJCongress) firmly believe that engagement on economic issues can be a springboard for further dialogue and engagement. We are proud to have been involved in similar economic development initiatives since the 1990’s, with the belief that providing a sound economic foundation for the Palestinians makes peace more viable in the future.”

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New York Daily News
Wednesday, June 26, 2019 - 11:00am

By Jack Rosen, President of the American Jewish Congress

Amid fractures in the American right and left wings over Israel and the cares and concerns of Jewish voters, particularly the dramatic rise in anti-Semitism, Jewish-American voters cannot afford to make a decision in the 2020 Presidential elections lightly.

That’s why I’m asking all of the contenders for President to address the following three topics head-on:

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