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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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Haaretz
Tuesday, June 25, 2019 - 10:53pm

“As someone whose parents survived the horrors of the Holocaust, I have been repeatedly uneased by the willingness of our politicians to invoke comparisons to this stain on humanity in an attempt to jar the public,” Jack Rosen, president of the American Jewish Congress, wrote in a statement.

“To say that what is occurring within our immigration system – as awful as it may be – is remotely comparable to mass murder on the scale of the Holocaust is a cheapening of the atrocities and their place in history, as well as of the power of the words we use to capture its unique inhumanity and violence,” Rosen wrote.

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The Daily Wire
Monday, June 24, 2019 - 12:00pm

The claim that concern for the horrors of Jewish history is incompatible with concern for the plight of others is more than simple slander. This sentiment divides Americans, divides Jews, and incites anti-Semitism — by promoting the classic trope that Jews care only about their own people and issues, and disregard what happens to others. To say that to take real interest in immigrants, we must forgive her trivialization of the Holocaust, is to employ this ancient and hateful lie for her personal and political benefit.

Conveniently for her — and also increasing the danger — many of her fans, especially leftist Jews, have adopted this model. In a pair of tweets, a left-wing Jewish writer distorted criticism of AOC’s remarks by the American Jewish Congress, a largely nonpartisan organization, into “ignor[ing] the plight at the border” and “fighting against people like AOC instead of fighting for migrants.”

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The Jewish Voice
Thursday, June 20, 2019 - 12:00pm

As someone whose parents survived the horrors of the Holocaust, I have been repeatedly uneased by the willingness of our politicians to invoke comparisons to this stain on humanity in an attempt to jar the public. Just recently, New York Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez did so while discussing migrant detention centers in our country’s south. She explicitly stated that our government is “running concentration camps” and that such practices have been institutionalized. She summoned people to say “never again,” invoking the post-World War II cry to never allow the systematic slaughter of millions of Jews to reoccur.

To say that what is occurring within our immigration system—as awful as it may be–is remotely comparable to mass murder on the scale of the Holocaust is a cheapening of the atrocities and their place in history, as well as of the power of the words we use to capture its unique inhumanity and violence.

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The Algemeiner
Friday, June 14, 2019 - 12:45pm

By Jack Rosen, President of the American Jewish Congress

The Jewish community and Jewish interests today face challenges coming from many different directions. On one side, the ultra-Progressive flank of the Democratic Party has shown increasing hostility towards Israel. On the other hand, some Republicans have used Israel as wedge to try and divide the Jewish community. Add the rise of antisemites — on the left and on the right — and you get a situation where clarity and transparency have become rare commodities.

This is why we’ve launched a new informational website, the Jewish Guide to US Politics, to help the Jewish American community learn where the candidates stand on issues that are most important to us. We at the American Jewish Congress feel we have a responsibility to provide unbiased information to Jewish — and non-Jewish — Americans and ensure that voters arrive at the voting booths well-prepared. The political decisions we make will first and foremost impact us as individuals, as a community, and as a nation, but can also greatly impact the State of Israel, which many of us hold dear.

This educational platform aggregates the relevant words and actions of all the candidates running for president in 2020, as well as all sitting US senators, one-third of whom will be seeking re-election next year. Visitors to the website can see what the candidates have said and how they have voted on issues such as Israel’s national security, the boycott, divestment, and sanctions (BDS) movement, the Iran nuclear deal, and antisemitism within the US, among other issues.

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