Statements

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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Monday, June 19, 2017 - 11:06am

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

“Following the terrorist attack last night in London, our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families. This was a shocking attack on those observing their faith at a place of worship, and once again highlights the power of hate and corrupt ideologies. We must stand together to combat this, and encourage cohesion and stability in society.” 

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Monday, June 5, 2017 - 12:09pm

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

“Once again our thoughts and prayers are with the people of Britain and the friends and family of those effected following the terrorist attack in London. This is the third attack in a matter of months and we have all witnessed first-hand the power of hate and corrupt ideologies. The American Jewish Congress urges decision makers to remain focused on their goals and to not let this evil erode our western values.”

 

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Tuesday, May 23, 2017 - 12:34pm

In response to the terror attack in Manchester, American Jewish Congress President Jack Rosen and Vice President Dr. Munr Kazmir issued the following statement:

“The American Jewish Congress stands in solidarity with the people of the United Kingdom following the atrocious terror attack yesterday evening. This was an attack on defenceless teenagers, enjoying themselves in what should have been a safe and secure environment. That so many have lost their lives is devastating and heart-breaking. “We send our thoughts and prayers to the victims of the attack.”

 

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Monday, May 22, 2017 - 11:06am

Reacting to President Trump’s speech in Riyadh, Jack Rosen President of the American Jewish Congress said:

"Speaking to leaders from across the Muslim world, it was important that President Tump addressed the growing threats from terrorism and extremism which have threatened America, Europe and the Middle East. For there to be stability across the Arab world it is vital that there is religious tolerance, by encouraging countries to take control of the fight against extremism themselves, President Trump is increasing the chances of a lasting peace. The US cannot fight this battle alone and it is important for individual States to realise the role they must play. President Trump was correct to address the “common values and shared interests” that the United States shares with its Saudi allies and others in the region. As I have witnessed first-hand, the countries of the Gulf, the United States and Israel have many mutual interests and concerns and remember there is an opportunity to build a positive relationship that benefits all parties.

"The Jewish community has been the target of religious terrorism both in Israel and across the world. It is incredibly poignant that President Trump specified his desire to stand with the Jewish community in the fight against terrorism and his statement will help build bridges between the Jewish and Muslim community. As President Trump now makes his way to Israel, the American Jewish Congress hopes that he will be able to continue to create a positive atmosphere of dialogue which can lead to progress in the fight against Islamic State as well as the Israeli-Palestinian peace process."

 

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Tuesday, May 9, 2017 - 9:48am

In response to Mr. Macron being elected as President of France, American Jewish Congress President Jack Rosen, Vice President Dr. Munr Kazmir and Secretary of the Organization DrBen Chouake released the following statement:

“The American Jewish Congress congratulates Mr. Macron on his historic election as President of France.

"This election result signifies a victory for tolerance and moderation and comes at a critical time for France and its Jewish community, the third largest Jewish community in the world.

"We look forward to working with President Macron on shared issues concerning the Jewish communities in the US and France in the near future.”

 

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Thursday, April 27, 2017 - 12:36pm

President of the American Jewish Congress Jack Rosen issued the following statement in response to UNESCO's latest decision to vote next Tuesday on a resolution rejecting Iseaeli sovereignty over greater Jerusalem:

“UNESCO latest efforts to rewrite Jewish history and completely deny any religious significance of the Cave of the Patriarchs in Hebron and Rachel’s Tomb in Bethlehem is extraordinary. That it then goes further and attacks Israel for the killing of children in Gaza while not commenting on the violence that Israel endures only serves to increase instability in the region.

“Rather than ensuring that Judaism is preserved, time and again this organisation votes on anti-Semitic resolutions and seeks to undermine Israel. It has lost all credibility. I therefore welcome President Tump’s intervention on this matter and hope that he will be successful in stopping this motion from passing.”

 

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Wednesday, April 26, 2017 - 4:27pm

"The American Jewish Congress welcomes President Trump’s speech marking Holocaust Remembrance Day. We are encouraged by his pledge “to confront anti-Semitism,” and to “stamp out prejudice.” It is vital that the President sets the tone on this important matter and ensures that we are all working to fight anti-Semitism in all its guises.

"It was particularly pertinent that this was announced at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum which commemorates one of the most atrocious and horrific incidents in Jewish history. His comments show that he is beginning to understand the drivers of anti-Semitism, how offensive Holocaust denial is and why anti-Zionism is often anti-Semitic.

"We look forward to working with President Trump as we face these issues and ensure that America’s Jewish communities continue to thrive."

 

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