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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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Jewish News Syndicate
Thursday, June 13, 2019 - 12:00pm

“By invoking assistance to Israel, Mayor Buttigieg used one of the most long-standing bipartisan issues as a political instrument in his fight for the 2020 Democratic nomination,” said AJCongress president Jack Rosen in a statement. “In doing so, Buttigieg is feeding the growing and alarming debate within the Democratic Party which legitimizes the idea that assistance to Israel—one of the U.S.’s closest allies—should somehow be on the table.”

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Fox News
Thursday, June 6, 2019 - 4:38pm

The new caucus followed multiple shootings at American synagogues as well as concern over remarks made by both Sarsour and Omar. The American Jewish Congress specifically called for a bipartisan group of Jewish lawmakers to form after Omar suggested that Israel had bought support from the U.S.

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Jewish Exponent
Thursday, June 6, 2019 - 12:34pm

The American Jewish Congress announced the creation of its Jewish Guide to U.S. Politics (jewishpoliticalguide.com).

The platform will summarize the voting records and positions of the 2020 presidential candidates and all senators. It will be continuously updated through the 2020 elections.

“The Jewish Guide to U.S. Politics is all about civic engagement and education. We are at a point in our history where maximum information can make maximum impact on the way we vote — as individuals, and as members of the Jewish community,” AJC President Jack Rosen said. “We are also letting our politicians know we are paying attention to what they do, what they say and how they vote.”

The guide does not endorse candidates.

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Jewish Journal
Monday, June 3, 2019 - 12:00pm

American Jewish Congress President Jack Rosen has been among those calling for the formation of a Congressional Jewish Caucus. California and New York are currently the only state legislatures that have a Jewish caucus.

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Arutz Sheva
Thursday, May 30, 2019 - 4:35pm

The American Jewish Congress is launching a one-of-a-kind Jewish Guide to U.S. Politics - a platform which summarizes the positions and voting records of the 2020 Presidential candidates and all U.S. Senators, on relevant facts that American Jews and pro-Israel voters should know about. The guide will continuously update as events unfold in the runup to the 2020 elections.

American Jewish Congress President Jack Rosen said, “The Jewish Guide to U.S. Politics is all about civic engagement and education. We are at a point in our history where maximum information can make maximum impact on the way we vote - as individuals, and as members of the Jewish community. We are also letting our politicians know we are paying attention to what they do, what they say, and how they vote on the issues that are most pressing to us today.”

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San Diego Jewish World
Thursday, May 30, 2019 - 12:00pm

NEW YORK (SDJW) — The American Jewish Congress has compiled a Jewish voter’s guide to the 2020 elections, looking at the stances President Donald Trump and the 24 Democratic presidential contenders, to date, have taken on Israeli and domestic Jewish concerns.

The guide also provides information on the stances of members of the United States Senate and what it describes as “notable and questionable” members of the House of Representatives.  Free, online, the guide may be accessed by clicking here.

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The Hill
Wednesday, May 29, 2019 - 5:30pm

By Jack Rosen, President of the AJCongress

As America stampedes into the 2020 presidential election cycle, voters are already facing information overload from candidates, political action committees and pundits. These groups are flooding our social and traditional media platforms. Our intelligence community says the race will also be vulnerable once again to disinformation attack by foreign powers. It is safe to say that voters face confusion ahead and at worst, greater political polarization. 

Jews, in particular, have cause to worry. With hate crimes and violence against Jews skyrocketing and even members of the U.S. Congress peddling in anti-Semitic, anti-Israel, and white supremacist rhetoric, the stakes for Jewish Americans are especially high. At the same time, the next few years may hold new political opportunities for Jewish Americans, and those we elect in 2020 will have a real impact on American policy toward Israel and the Middle East.

It goes without saying that Jewish Americans care about and vote on issues other than those pertaining to Jewish Americans and Israel. We are American voters as much as Jewish ones. But when it comes to these particular issues, the stakes are too high to ignore. The Jewish community and its allies must come together to help voters make smart, informed political choices on Jewish and Israel-related issues in Congress and the White House.

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Fox News
Friday, May 3, 2019 - 9:30am

Minnesota Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar’s inflammatory comments about Israel have fueled a new push for the formal establishment of a bipartisan Jewish Caucus for lawmakers on Capitol Hill.

No such caucus in Congress currently exists. But Jack Rosen, the president of the American Jewish Congress, said a formalized group of Jewish lawmakers is needed to push back against a rise in anti-Semitism. He is leading efforts to convince lawmakers to form such a caucus.

“I was alarmed that the House couldn’t pass a resolution that directly pinpointed where the problem was -- which was Omar’s anti-Semitic tropes,” Rosen said in an interview with Fox News. “That’s what got me to think about this a little more.”

Democrats in March drafted a resolution to condemn anti-Semitism in the wake of Omar’s remarks, including her accusation that American supporters of Israel are pushing “allegiance to a foreign country.” Omar, who was elected to Congress last year, also suggested on Twitter in February that supporters of Israel have been bought.

But after protests from the progressive wing of the party, the resolution was watered down to broadly condemn all forms of bigotry.

Another lawmaker, Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., has also come under criticism for suggesting that Senate Republicans are more loyal to Israel than the United States.

“In the recent past, such comments would have been met with swift bipartisan scorn, repudiation and possibly censure. But that’s not what happened,” Rosen wrote in a recent op-ed for The Hill.

In reference to the watered-down resolution, Rosen said, “Had there been a bipartisan Jewish caucus at the table to intervene, the outcome might well have been different.”

Speaking to Fox News, Rosen called for the caucus to be bipartisan, saying Republicans and Democrats should “come together” on combatting anti-Semitism.

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