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Friday, January 12, 2018 - 2:34pm

In response President Trump's Decision To Waive Sanctions On Iran, the American Jewish Congress issued the following statement:

The American Jewish Congress welcomes the announcement that the US government will waive sanctions against the Islamic Republic of Iran in favour of targeted measures which will hold the regime to account over its ballistic missile testing, support for international terrorism and human rights violations.

The previous administration hoped that by signing a deeply flawed agreement and waiving crippling economic sanctions, it could bring Iran in from the cold and bring stability to the wider region. This plan has clearly and demonstrably failed, and the Iranian people have once again taken to the streets in wide scale protest against their authoritarian rulers.

In taking a nuanced approach to the Iran issue, President Trump has demonstrated a long-term commitment to containing the regime’s nuclear ambitions, while supporting the Iranian reformists who seek a progressive future for Iran. In taking a leading role in this process, America now has the opportunity to unite the international community in building a lasting legacy of stability in the Middle East. Having said that, Iran has already shown itself to be a bad actor in the process"

Monday, December 18, 2017 - 1:25pm

In response to UN Security Council considering resolution to annul US Jerusalem decision, the American Jewish Congress issued the following statement:

“The American Jewish Congress welcomes the US veto of the deeply divisive and one-sided UN Security Council resolution contesting President Trump’s decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. The US administration has repeatedly stressed that its acknowledgement of Jerusalem’s rightful position at the heart of the Jewish State in no way prejudices final status negotiations. We are disappointed by this latest unilateral appeal to the UN Security Council, in this case by Egypt.

All sovereign nations have the right to self-rule and calls on the US administration to “rescind” its Jerusalem decision, in an effort to rewrite the history of the Middle East, are unjust and prejudicial. By breaking with the status quo and attempting to isolate the US, opponents of this decision risk torpedoing the peace process in which the US must continue to play a vital role.

The American Jewish Congress remains encouraged by this administration’s return to the longstanding American policy of vetoing unilateral resolutions against Israel at international institutions. The American Jewish Congress looks to the US to continue to lead the way among the international community in engaging in decisive words and actions to facilitate constructive dialogue between Israel and the Palestinians in the hopes of reinvigorating the dormant peace process.”

Jack Rosen, President, American Jewish Congres

Thursday, December 14, 2017 - 9:33am

In response to Mahmoud Abbas saying no role for U.S. in peace process, the American Jewish Congress issued the following statement:

The American Jewish Congress is dismayed by Palestinian President’s unfortunate call on Arab leaders to disengage from US-led peace efforts in response to last week’s recognition of Jerusalem by the US administration. By breaking with the status quo and isolating the US, the Palestinians risk torpedoing the peace process.

If the international community is to assist in finding a peaceful solution to the Israel-Palestinian issue, the US must be involved. We were nevertheless encouraged that members of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation opted against backing Abbas’s divisive calls, which risked fanning further violence in the region, legitimizing extremists’ recourse to diplomatic and militant terrorism.

The American Jewish Congress reiterates its support of increased engagement between Israel and Sunni Arab states, which makes the prospects of achieving a lasting negotiated peace between Israel and the Palestinians an ever more realistic outcome. The American Jewish congress calls on the leaders in the region to work, together with the US, for a broad-ranging regional agreement with Israel, Sunni states and the Palestinians based on shared interests and economic cooperation.

Wednesday, December 13, 2017 - 11:56am

“Yesterday, the people of Alabama expressed their desire in putting their country first in their decision. The American Jewish Congress agrees with their referendum to support all the people of Alabama–including minorities, and against the hateful speech put forth by the Roy Moore Campaign.

Roy Moore’s comments against the Jewish people, including saying of a well known figure that “is going to the same place that people who don't recognize God and morality and accept his salvation are going” and then, his wife defending the bigoted statement by insensitively referring to one of their lawyers saying “a Jew” not only echo outrageous claims from scared years of our collective history, but also seek to demean and put down the Jewish people and all minorities.

We look forward to working with Senator Doug Jones on the continuous fight for equal rights for all Americans regardless of race, religion or national ancestry."

Monday, December 11, 2017 - 2:58pm

It is deeply troubling to hear Erdogan refer to Israel as a ‘terrorist state’. Israel is widely recognized in the West as a beacon of democracy, technology and culture, and one that leads many of its neighbors by example.

 

“Such a statement is damaging and misguided and we fully support Prime Minister Netanyahu’s response –  as he said in Paris, “Jerusalem has been the capital of Israel for 3,000 years” and the “Jewish state for 70 years”. As many have also pointed out, its bureaucracy has operated out of Jerusalem for decades. To call it an “occupying state” is reactionary, misguided and fundamentally wrong.

 

“This kind of rhetoric does nothing but extend the divisions that already exist, at a time when responsibility and cooperation are needed in order to reduce suffering, conflict and the loss of life. Erdogan is using recent events to his own ends. As a third party to the situation, he should refrain from using slander against Israel to push a political agenda. It is immoral and irresponsible, and says far more about Erdogan’s position moving forwards than it does about Israel’s position on the global stage.”

 

Jack Rosen

President American Jewish Congress

 
Monday, December 11, 2017 - 10:13am

The American Jewish Congress welcomed President Trump’s official recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital city and its commitment to relocating the American Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. They issued a statement which read:

 

“This historic acknowledgement by the Trump administration recognizes Jerusalem’s just and rightful position as the heart of the Jewish State and nation.

 

The Palestinians have for some time embarked on diplomatic terrorism at international institutions including the UN and UNESCO. In this they were aided by President Obama’s abstention on the anti-Israel UN Security Council resolution last December, which threatened to strain the special relationship between the US and Israel, and sent a dangerous message to the Palestinians that the US was abandoning its long-standing American policy of vetoing unilateral resolutions against Israel. This has served only to entrench attitudes towards the Palestinians by those on the right in America and across the Jewish world. The Palestinians really only have themselves to blame for today’s announcement.

 

That said, the American Jewish Congress is encouraged by the increased signs of engagement between Israel and Sunni Arab states, which make the prospects of achieving a lasting negotiated peace between Israel and the Palestinians an ever more realistic outcome. The American Jewish Congress looks to the US to continue to lead the way among the international community to facilitate constructive dialogue and actions between Israel and the Palestinians with the aim of reinvigorating the dormant peace process.”

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Wednesday, December 6, 2017 - 6:04pm

In response to President Trump’s  official recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital city the American  Jewish Congress issued the following statement:

 

“The American Jewish Congress welcomes President Trump’s official recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital city and its commitment to relocating the American Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. This historic acknowledgement by the Trump administration recognizes Jerusalem’s just and rightful position as the heart of the Jewish State.

 

“The Palestinians really only have themselves to blame for today’s announcement. The Palestinians have for some time embarked on diplomatic terrorism at international institutions including the UN and UNESCO. In this they were aided by President Obama’s abstention on the anti-Israel UN Security Council resolution last December, which threatened to strain the special relationship between the US and Israel, and sent a dangerous message to the Palestinians that the US was abandoning its longstanding American policy of vetoing unilateral resolutions against Israel.  This has served only to entrench attitudes towards the Palestinians by those on the right in America and across the Jewish world.”

 

“That said, the American Jewish Congress is encouraged by the increased signs of engagement between Israel and Sunni Arab states, which make the prospects of achieving a lasting negotiated peace between Israel and the Palestinians an ever more realistic outcome. The American Jewish Congress looks to the US to continue to lead the way among the international community to facilitate constructive dialogue and actions between Israel and the Palestinians with the aim of reinvigorating the dormant peace process.”

 

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Tuesday, November 28, 2017 - 3:44pm

 

In response to Trump administration's commitment to relocating the American Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, the designated capital of Israel, the American Jewish Congress issued the following statement:

 

"The American Jewish Congress acknowledges the Trump administration's commitment to relocating the American Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, the designated capital of Israel.

The Trump administration has repeatedly stated that its embassy move would only be realized once movement was made on the Middle East. The Palestinians have so far showed a lack of serious commitment to achieving peace and their pursuit of terror in preference to constructive dialogue is reason enough to support an immediate move of the embassy to Jerusalem.

The American Jewish Congress hopes this call to action will provide the necessary impetus to bring all parties back to the negotiating table. Peace can only be achieved by bringing all parties together on an equal footing.

The American Jewish Congress looks to the US to continue to lead the way among the international community in engaging in decisive words and actions to facilitate constructive dialogue between Israel and the Palestinians in the hopes of reinvigorating the dormant peace process."

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Monday, November 27, 2017 - 2:27pm

In response to the Mumbai terror mastermind released from house arrest, the American Jewish Congress issued the following statement:

 

"The American Jewish Congress is outraged by the release from house arrest in Pakistan today of Hafiz Saeed, the radical Islamist leader who masterminded the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks," the AJC statement read. The murderous attacks on a series of targets in Indiaincluded a three-day siege at Nariman House, the home of the Jewish Chabad Lubavitch movement in Mumbai, which left seven people dead."

 

"The American Jewish Congress abhors the legitimization of deadly acts of terror by radical terrorist groups against innocent civilians. Saeed’s house detention was itself insufficient punishment for such an atrocity and an inadequate deterrent to the ever multiplying list of radical Islamist groups and individuals looking to hijack our universal values of freedom and tolerance to spread their own hateful agendas.

 

"His release after a mere 10 months of 'detention' in a city where his actions are lauded by other peripheral factions now facilitates his expected play for power at next year’s Pakistani General Election, under the umbrella of the Milli Muslim League party, set up during his tenure under house arrest.

 

"The American Jewish Congress hopes that India and the US will continue to exert pressure and use all available tools to encourage the Pakistani authorities to bring Saeed to justice and to adopt a stronger stance in the fight against terrorist groups and ensure that radical Islamist groups have no role to play in the future of legitimate political life and dialogue in Pakistan."

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Sunday, November 5, 2017 - 7:20pm

In response to the resignation of the Prime Minister of Lebanon, the American Jewish Congress issued the following statement:

"The American Jewish Congress notes with concern the resignation of Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri, citing fears over the growing influence of Iranian proxy, the militant Hezbollah terror organization. The Prime Minister's announcement, amid growing fears over the consolidation of Iranian influence in Lebanon is the the most worrying sign yet of Hezbollah's dangerous intentions. The American Jewish Congress calls on the US administration to take essential steps to curb Hezbollah's dangerous dominance in Lebanon, which if left unchallenged and bolstered by Iranian support, risks further destabilising the region. Hezbollah is internationally recognized as a terrorist organization. If international powers cannot cooperate with local moderate forces to counter the combined force of Iran and Hezbollah, the situation is certain to spiral, increasing the likelihood of a clash with Israel, as well as the spread of terror throughout the Middle East."

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