Statements

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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Wednesday, April 26, 2017 - 11:14am

In response to Israel’s Justice Ministry reportedly denying a U.S. Justice Department request to extradite the Israeli-American teen charged with making threats against Jewish Community Centers throughout the United States, President of the American Jewish Congress Jack Rosen issued the following statement:

"The American Jewish Congress calls for the suspect who threatened Jewish Community Centers (JCCs) in America and across the world to be deported from Israel to the United States of America as soon as possible.

"Many of the high-profile attacks took place in the U.S. It is the incidents in America that gained the most exposure, and it is vital that we are able to try the perpetrator. Israel has worked with the USA over many years to stop anti-Semitism. Nothing would send a stronger message to those who are planning anti-Semitic attacks than to extradite the teenager and allow the trial to take place in front of the world’s media. As things stand, the danger is that it appears that Israel has something to hide if the alleged offender is tried in Israel under a gagging order, as is currently the case.

"Anti-Semitism has no place in society anywhere in the world. Over the last few months there have been significant incidents of anti-Semitism here in the United States. It is time for us to make a stand, and the trial would be an important first step in showing the public that America takes a tough line on anti-Semitism."

 

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Friday, April 21, 2017 - 9:58am

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

“The American Jewish Congress stand in solidarity with the people of Paris in the aftermath of the terror attack which took place yesterday. This is the second time in less than a month where police officers, those who stand to protect the citizens of their country, have been targeted in this sad and shocking manner.

“These kind of attacks are becoming seemingly more frequent and demonstrate the dangers of radical Islamic terror. Around the world, we must unite to combat hate, protect our values and encourage stability.

“We send our thoughts and prayers to the victims of this attack.”

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Wednesday, April 19, 2017 - 12:34pm
"Mr Jack Rosen, President of the American Jewish Congress, was pleased to have the opportunity to meet with UN Secretary General, Antonio Guterres. Mr Rosen and The American Jewish Congress are proud they have had strong and constructive relationships with previous UN Secretary Generals and look forward to working with Secretary General Guterres in the coming months."
 
“The meeting was particularly important following anti-Israel UN Resolution 2334 and provided an opportunity to discuss relevant issues. The AJ Congress has long advocated that improved dialogue between Arab countries and Israel should be part of a wider regional approach to finding a solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict."
 
“As an organisation we continue our important engagement with the UN, and look forward to further discussing and addressing some current worrying elements surrounding Israel and the Middle East.”

 

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Wednesday, January 18, 2017 - 2:59pm

American Jewish Congress President Jack Rosen and Vice President Dr. Munr Kazmir released the following statement:

 

“On behalf of the American Jewish Congress, we would like to express our gratitude to the Government of the United Kingdom for its strong and principled diplomatic efforts to stand with Israel and the Jewish community. By choosing not to sign the communique of the Paris Peace Conference, which was negotiated without the presence of either party involved in the conflict, the British Government has made a clear policy decision. This choice continues a process that began with the Prime Minister’s speech after UN Security Resolution 2334, and the UK is now looking to prevent unfair and inappropriate conduct towards Israel. This is particularly important during the final days of the presidential transition period in the United States, when we know that the incoming administration has indicated a very different approach to the incumbent.

 

“The American Jewish Congress is clear that the only way that peace can be advanced in a fair and proper manner is by direct, bi-lateral negotiations, between Israel and the Palestinians.

 

“We would also like to take this opportunity to thank the British government for its commitment to ensuring a fair and balanced narrative is presented within the United Kingdom, especially in a political context which is often set against Israel.”

Tuesday, January 17, 2017 - 3:28pm

American Jewish Congress President Jack Rosen issued the following statement:

“The American Jewish Congress congratulates Antonio Tajani on his election as President of the European Parliament.

“The AJCongress looks forward to working with Mr Tajani during his stewardship of the European Parliament to further strengthen the strong relationship between Israel and the European Union.

“Throughout his time in the European Parliament, Mr Tajani has been a strong supporter of Israel. Notably, Mr Tajani’s led a delegation of industry associations and company representatives from EU countries to Israel, to strengthen business relations between the EU and Israel.

“The AJCongress hopes that Mr Tajani will continue his strong support for Israel in his new role and we look forward to working with him in the future.”

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Friday, January 13, 2017 - 12:45pm

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

JANUARY 13, 2017

 

AMERICAN JEWISH CONGRESS STATEMENT CRITICAL OF THE PARIS SUMMIT ON JANUARY 15TH AND UN SECURITY COUNCIL MEETING ON JANUARY 17TH

American Jewish Congress President Jack Rosen, Vice President Dr. Munr Kazmir, and the Secretary of the Organization Dr. Ben Chouake issued the following statement:

“The American Jewish Congress stands opposed to the Paris Peace Conference led by France on January 15thand the possibility of any further untoward one-sided and anti-Israel resolutions at the UN Security Council meeting set two days later on January 17th. We also support the decision taken by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu not to attend the summit. The way the outgoing Obama administration has acted in its final weeks in office, allowing the adoption of the anti-Israel resolution by the Security Council on December 23rd, 2016, has given the impression that this summit and subsequent Security Council meeting will be biased against Israel.

“President Obama is continuing to use his final days in Office to wrongly influence the peace process. It is a long-standing convention that an outgoing administration does not take it upon themselves to make major policy changes in the lead up to the inauguration of their successor. The Paris talks should be postponed, as the newly elected President should have the opportunity to represent the U.S. on this issue. Until then, the United States should maintain the status quo and oppose resolutions against Israel by international bodies, rather than turning their back on years of foreign policy. 

“There is only one way that the Israeli-Palestinian conflict can be solved, through direct bi-lateral negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians. Resolution 2334 has already changed the goal–posts for any talks. Every effort should now be made to bring the parties together on an equal footing, the current moves by the international community are prejudiced against Israel and are preventing constructive dialogue.

“The countries attending the Paris summit should be aware that singling out America's ally Israel five days before the January 20th inauguration, will be viewed as a complete lack of respect for American convention and the newly elected Trump Administration. The participants should also recognize that any attempt to put together a second anti-Israel UN Security Council Resolution will make it harder to achieve lasting peace and send a negative message to the incoming Administration whose publicly stated views are in opposition to the anti-Israel resolution.”

 

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Friday, January 6, 2017 - 11:59am
Following the House of Representative voting to oppose the Anti-Israel UN Resolution, American Jewish Congress President Jack Rosen, Vice President Dr. Munr Kazmir, and the Secretary of the Organization Dr. Ben Chouake issued the following statement:
 
“The American Jewish Congress welcomes today’s vote by the House of Representatives against the one-sided and anti-Israel UN Resolution 2334. We cannot sit by and passively allow this administration to set back the Israel-Palestinian peace process for generations in their final weeks of office. The motion is right to set out that by abstaining from the UNSC resolution the Obama Administration turned its back on years of American Foreign Policy.
 
“The bipartisan congressional measure led today by House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Ed Royce and Ranking Member Eliot Engel recognizes that by mentioning the ‘4 June 1967 lines,’ UN Resolution 2334 effectively states that the Jewish Quarter of the Old City of Jerusalem and the Western Wall, Judaism’s holiest sites, are ‘occupied territory.’ The American Jewish Congress has been voicing its concern to lawmakers on this critical issue in the UN resolution, as it’s an appalling affront to Jewish communities all over the world and needs to be rejected.
 
“For generations, America and Israel have been the closest of allies. We cannot allow this administration, in its closing hour, to continue with its anti-Israel agenda. Rather, we hope this vote by the U.S. Congress will be the first step in rebuilding our bond with Israel.”
 
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