Statements

Monday, October 16, 2017 - 3:45pm
In response to the Austria Election, the American Jewish Congress issued the following statement:
 
“The American Jewish Congress expresses its profound concern that at yesterday’s Austrian parliamentary elections the far-right Freedom Party, led by Heinz-Christian Strache, gained more than 25 percent of the vote. This is the strongest showing in Europe for a party of the far-right since World War II and makes a party with worrying history of anti-Semitism the second largest political bloc in Austria. We congratulate Sebastian Kurz, head of the centre-right Austrian People’s party, who will now become Chancellor, and strongly urge him to form a coalition of centrist parties and not be beholden to a party of the far-right in his new coalition government. A party with such xenophobic and intolerant views should not be allowed to enter the mainstream of European politics. The trends in Europe should trouble Jewish groups around the world, including the United States. The rapid re-emergence of the far-right in Europe, which this week’s election in Austria is just the latest example, may have more to do with European immigration and Islamism than a wider intolerance towards Jews and other faiths. However, we know only too well from our tragic history where hatred and intolerance of any kind leads. It is also the case that alt-right groups in the US are emboldened by the success of the European far-right and this poses a serious and immediate threat to the Jewish community, as well as any citizen of the US committed to freedom, democracy and justice.”
 
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Monday, October 16, 2017 - 9:51am
In response to the Iran Deal, the American Jewish Congress issued the following statement:
 
“The American Jewish Congress supports the decision taken by President Trump to decertify the Iran nuclear deal. While we opposed the deal at the time we were happy to be proven wrong, but we have not been. Looking back now we feel even more confident that this is a bad agreement that goes against the interests of Israel, America and citizens of the world that are opposed to terror. At the time of the signing, it was the Obama Administration’s belief that the agreement would serve to bring Iran in from the cold and strengthen the moderates in the regime. However, the simple fact is that this not happened, and worse the Iranian regime has grown bolder and more dangerous. Unencumbered by the crippling sanctions that were working, they have continued to spread terror around the region. We are mindful that the defence establishment and many world leaders are in favor of maintaining the deal, but sometimes we need fresh thinking. In business or politics, bad ideas have consequences and continuing to further a bad strategy when it has proven not to work is folly. The 15 year period where the nuclear program can be resumed is fast approaching, and it is time for a new paradigm on Iran for the safety of the region and good of the world.”
 
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Wednesday, October 11, 2017 - 11:32am

In response to the UNESCO Vote, the American Jewish Congress issued the following statement:

"The American Jewish Congress welcomes UNESCO's unanimous vote to postpone two anti-Israel motions that were due to be tabled at this week's meeting in Paris. We understand and appreciate the pressure Arab leaders are under to attack Israel at every opportunity through international institutions and so we recognise the courage shown today. This is of course only a small step forwards, however it is a no less significant development for that. We call on Arab leaders to continue to stand firm against the forces of blind hatred and bigotry and work towards a more constructive and mutually beneficial dialogue with Israel. There is only one way to bring positive change to the Middle-East and that is through dialogue. Peace in Israel will only be possible if the nations of the Gulf actively promote it, and to reach that position it is incumbent on those on us in the US and the West to show as much support as possible to Arab leaders when they take positive action, and this week’s UNESCO vote is a good example. If Arab leaders see that Jewish and Israeli institutions and are willing to engage then we believe they can be encouraged to tone down their rhetoric.”

 

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Monday, October 2, 2017 - 10:36am

In response to the shooting in Las Vegas, American Jewish Congress President Jack Rosen, Vice President Dr. Munr Kazmir and Secretary of the Organization Dr. Ben Chouake released the following statement:

“As details of the appalling shooting in Las Vegas emerge, the American Jewish Congress’ thoughts are with those affected and their families. This was a cowardice act of hate against a defenceless group of revellers, guilty of nothing more than enjoying a concert. Worldwide, attacks of this nature are all too common, as a society we need to fight this hate and ensure that our values of freedom and tolerance prevail.”

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Monday, September 25, 2017 - 12:38pm

In response to the German election Sunday, President of the American Jewish Congress Jack Rosen and Vice President Dr. Munr Kazmir issued the following statement:

“We would like to congratulate Angela Merkel on her re-election as Chancellor following yesterday’s German election. Her reputation as a leader who respects religious communities and Israel is well known and we are sure that she will maintain this throughout her premiership.

“The rise of the far-right in Germany is alarming and it is incredibly worrying that for the first time since the 1930’s they now have seats in parliament. Following the German response to the refugee crisis, it is clear that politics in the country has changed. The AfD’s track record when it comes to its public statements on minorities is concerning and so we urge the Party to ensure that they have a zero tolerance to racism, antisemitism and any other type of bigotry within their party. Germany has a been transformed as a society in the last 70 years and we call on all Germany’s political leaders to stand firm against the politics of hate.”

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Wednesday, September 20, 2017 - 4:20pm
In response to the tragic earthquake in Mexico, the American Jewish Congress issued the following statement:
 
“The American Jewish Congress extends its deepest sympathies to all those affected by the earthquake in Mexico. The magnitude 7.1 earthquake struck 23 miles from Atlixco, Puebla, Mexico. The tragic natural disaster has claimed the lives of more than 200 people and demolished building throughout the area.
 
“The AJCongress strongly supports robust and immediate relief efforts, urging the international community to act with haste to provide assistance for all those in need."
 
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Friday, September 1, 2017 - 10:41am

The American Jewish Congress supports the calls to deport Jakiw Palij and for him to be tried for war crimes in his native country. No Nazi should feel safe from prosecution, no matter how old they are or how many years have passed since their crimes.

The American Jewish Congress supports the calls to deport Jakiw Palij and for him to be tried for war crimes in his native country. No Nazi should feel safe from prosecution, no matter how old they are or how many years have passed since their crimes.

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Wednesday, August 16, 2017 - 6:32pm
The American Jewish Congress warmly congratulates President Uhuru Kenyatta on his re-election. The reports from national and international observers suggest that the electoral process in Kenya was fair and transparent. We commend President Kenyatta’s comments urging for national unity and peace. At the same time, we applaud the rejection of violence from the Kenyan people and their commitment to democracy on such a historical day for the country.
 
The AJCongress hopes that President Kenyatta will continue to work toward strengthening the already excellent relationship between Kenya, Israel and its people. We have appreciated President Kenyatta’s commitment to increase diplomatic and economic relations with Israel and his support for Israel’s bid to regain observer status at the African Union.
 
The American Jewish Congress hopes that these elections will serve as a step forward for the consolidation of democracy in Kenya, and we look forward to closer cooperation with President Kenyatta and the Republic of Kenya.
 
 
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Monday, August 14, 2017 - 6:25pm

In response to the horrible white-separatist march on Charlottesville, Virginia this weekend, the American Jewish Congress issued the following statement:

"The American Jewish Congress is appalled by yesterday's events in Charlottesville, Virginia. That in this day in age Neo-Nazis should feel empowered to march publicly and proudly through the streets of one of our great cities is in a damning indictment of our current political climate. We call on all of our political leaders - from both sides of the isle - to condemn these racists in the strongest possible terms, and that includes President Trump. This evil hatred must be rooted out wherever it rears its ugly head. There must be no hiding place or political cover for these thugs, skin heads and anti-semites to seek refuge. They pose a direct threat to our democracy, freedom and national way of life".

 

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Monday, August 7, 2017 - 2:47pm

In response to the opening of relations between several African countries and Israel, the American Jewish Congress issued the followin statement:

“The American Jewish Congress welcomes the appointment today of Talla Fall, of Senegal, and Amara Camara, of Guinea, their respective countries’ first ever ambassadors to Israel. Africa and Israel have a long and proud history of shared economic collaboration, with Israeli technology making huge improvements to the lives of ordinary Africans in sectors as diverse as satellites, telecommunications and agriculture. We are especially proud of the work of the AJ Congress in building bridges between Africa and Israel, with mayors from a number of major African cities attending the 2016 International Mayors Conference in Israel, and our organization leading diplomatic efforts with the heads of States of several African governments in recent years. In addition, the work that we do to improve relations between Israel and Africa is also manifest in our science diplomacy program, run jointly with the Council for World Jewry. This program offers technology to countries in Africa to encourage improved relations and dialog with the US and Israel. We hope that today’s developments lead to a wider rapprochement between Israel and other African countries where formal diplomatic ties currently do not exist. The AJ Congress will continue its efforts to harness and develop these diplomatic and economic ties in the years to come”.

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