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.