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Friday, August 12, 2016 - 2:38pm

NEW YORK – Today, American Jewish Congress (AJCongress) President Jack Rosen issued the following statement on the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio:

“On behalf of the American Jewish Congress, I want to salute all the American and Israeli athletes competing in the Summer Olympic games. We are so proud to watch these two nation’s athletes compete on the highest level. We would especially like to congratulate Israeli judoka Yarden Gerbi, who is part of Israel’s largest Olympic delegation ever, and earned her country’s first medal since 2008. The Olympic Games represent the potential of the positive things that can happen when the world unites through a spirited forum of celebration and competition.”
 

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Thursday, July 28, 2016 - 10:39am

NEW YORK—In response to the formal nominations of the Democratic and Republican candidates for President of the United States, American Jewish Congress (AJCongress) President Jack Rosen today issued a statement expressing the organization’s goals on several key foreign policy issues:

“The American Jewish Congress looks forward to working with the next administration to promote the policies for which we stand—fighting and defeating the BDS movement, preventing a nuclear Iran, achieving a two-state solution for Israel and the Palestinians, combating domestic and global anti-Semitism, and strengthening the unwavering bond between the United States and Israel.

“We believe that international relationships are one of the critical issues before the next American president, and that the public deserves to hear a full and detailed dialogue by the GOP and Democratic candidates during the course of the campaign.

“AJCongress is dedicated to working together with the next president and Congress to advance the national security goals of the nation. We work with government and international officials as well as the Jewish communities in the U.S., Israel, and around the world to advocate for policies that can fulfill that objective.

“We hope these issues, and the wider range of international problems we face, will be the topic of much discussion in the months ahead. The American people deserve a full airing of how the next president will use all the elements at our disposal—diplomatic, political, economic and otherwise—to combat the threats facing the U.S. and how our leaders will advance our interests.”
 


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Friday, July 15, 2016 - 9:58am

NEW YORK – In response to horrific attack in the French city of Nice, which left at least 84 dead including two American citizens, American Jewish Congress (AJCongress) President Jack Rosen issued the following statement:

“The American Jewish Congress condemns this horrific act of terror, which deliberately targeted innocent civilians celebrating a national holiday. We mourn for the families of the victims and all those affected, and our thoughts and prayers will remain with France.”
 

Thursday, July 14, 2016 - 4:04pm

NEW YORK —This week, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) failed to generate enough votes to approve a resolution which ignores the Jewish people’s connection to historic areas in Jerusalem’s Old City. In response to this development, American Jewish Congress (AJCongress) President Jack Rosen issued the following statement:

"The United Nations already suffers from a credibility gap when it comes to impartiality toward Israelis and Palestinians. This resolution would have only served to harm the UN and its affiliated bodies’ reputation and effectiveness. If UNESCO truly wants to improve the situation on the ground in Jerusalem, then it is critical for them to take a much more fair, balanced and historically accurate approach going forward.” 

Wednesday, July 13, 2016 - 1:54pm

NEW YORK – Following British Prime Minister David Cameron’s resignation, Theresa May, the British Conservative Party leader who currently serves as the country’s home secretary, is expected to succeed Mr. Cameron. In response to these developments, American Jewish Congress (AJCongress) President Jack Rosen and Vice President Dr. Munr Kazmir issued the following joint statement:

“On behalf of the American Jewish Congress, we are grateful that such a strong friend of Israel and the Jewish community will be leading Britain during this important time. Britain is a critical ally for Israel. May, through her actions protecting Jewish institutions in the UK and standing up for Israel’s right to live in security, has shown time and time again that she is a true friend of the community. Under May’s leadership, we look forward to continuing to work together with our partners in Britain to combat anti-Semitism, address radicalization and protect Israel’s security.”
 

Friday, July 8, 2016 - 3:23pm

NEW YORK – This week, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu traveled to Africa to commemorate the 40 th  anniversary of the raid on Entebbe, to meet with leaders, and to strengthen the diplomatic and economic ties between Israel and Africa. American Jewish Congress (AJCongress) President and American Council for World Jewry (ACWJ) Chairman Jack Rosen, who has personal relationships with several African leaders, praised the Prime Minister’s visit:

“Prime Minister Netanyahu’s efforts to enhance cooperation between Israel and Africa is an important step in building diplomatic and economic partners in a critically strategic region. His visit this week represents the untapped potential for Israel and the nations in Africa to make each other stronger. By investing in binational working relationships in Africa, Israel has a major opportunity to enhance and expand its security and economic engagement on the world’s second most populous continent.

“For many years, we have worked to position Israeli science and innovation as a foundation for bringing together elected officials and business leaders from around the world and creating new channels of communication that are mutually beneficial. Through our Science Diplomacy Initiative, we have facilitated expanded opportunities between Israel’s thriving high tech community and municipalities around the globe, leading to greater dialogue and goodwill between Israel and the international community. Our approach, which the Prime Minister supported this week, initiates the conversations with African leaders that ultimately yield real advantages for fighting terrorism, boosting security, and developing opportunities for economic exchange. The American Jewish Congress welcomes these efforts, and looks forward to continuing to further its own partnerships with African leaders on the local and national level to help advance this promising initiative.”
 

Friday, July 8, 2016 - 3:17pm

Dr. Kazmir will bring decades of experience in Jewish and international affairs to AJCongress
 

NEW YORK – American Jewish Congress is thrilled to announce today the addition of Dr. Munr Kazmir as the new vice president of the organization. Born in Pakistan, Kazmir is a doctor, businessman, entrepreneur, and philanthropist. His accomplishments range from dedicated CEO to avid supporter of human rights and education throughout the world. He comes to AJCongress having served on its board of directors and several other boards in the Jewish community including the American Council for World Jewry, the Board of Governors for the Republican Jewish Coalition, the Anti-Defamation League regional board and Chabad House. As vice president, Kazmir will bolster AJCongress’ efforts engaging leaders on a global scale and working to advance Israel’s security and ensure the vitality of the American Jewish community.

In announcing the news, American Jewish Congress (AJCongress) President Jack Rosen issued the following statement:

“In addition to being a decorated and accomplished doctor, Dr. Kazmir has dedicated his life to being involved in the Jewish community. We couldn’t be more excited to welcome him to his new role within the American Jewish Congress family, and look forward to working closely together on our organization’s core causes.

“Dr. Kazmir’s track record of leadership will help us carry on our proud legacy as we seek to fulfill our shared vision for the future. Whether it’s lending his hand in the fight against BDS or promoting a strong U.S.-Israel relationship, we are honored for Dr. Kazmir to be joining us.”

More on Dr. Munr Kazmir

Dr. Munr Kazmir was born in Pakistan in 1957. He graduated from the University of Punjab where he received his M.B.B.S./M.D. He then went on to complete a one-year internship at the Mayo Hospital in Lahore, as well as a two-year residency at the Holy Family Hospital in Rawalpindi, Pakistan. In 1984, Dr. Kazmir arrived in the United States where he successfully completed his Internal Medicine internship at the White Plains Hospital/Montefiore Medical Center in 1986.

Among his many accomplishments, Dr. Kazmir has founded the American International School System (AISS)-the most modern state-of- the-art school in the history of Pakistan. AISS brings top-quality American based education to the underprivileged children in neglected regions. Dr. Kazmir maintains cooperative, bipartisan relationships with many members of the United States Congress and is very active in promoting the concept of democratic government in third world countries and the Middle East. He remains committed to fostering and supporting women’s rights, as well as human rights causes throughout the world.

Accomplishments & Awards

1993: Dr. Kazmir was one of the founders of the New Synagogue of Fort Lee where he still serves today as one of two Shomrim, the highest honor in the synagogue. 1995: Dr. Kazmir received first Humanitarian award from the State of New Jersey’s Child Protection Commission and Children’s Trust Fund for his fundraising efforts to combat juvenile diabetes.

1997: The Prime Minister of Israel and the Mayor of Jerusalem presented Dr. Kazmir with the Theodor Herzl Award in recognition for his exceptional humanitarian efforts.

2001: Dr. Kazmir was appointed to be on the Board of Trustees of the Rabbinical College of America.

2001: Dr. Kazmir was honored at the Congressional Meeting of the House of Representatives by Congressman Steve Rothman of the 9 th  District of New Jersey for his continued benevolence and support.

2003: Dr. Kazmir was appointed to serve on the United States Medicare Coverage Advisory Committee.

2005: United States Secretary of Health and Human Services appointed Dr. Kazmir to serve a three-year term on the National Advisory Committee for the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.

2006: Dr. Kazmir was presented with a Certificate of Appreciation by DEA Special Agent in Charge in New York, John Gilbride, for outstanding contributions in the field of drug and law enforcement.

2007: Founded the American International School System Foundation—501(c) (3) that provides scholarships to underprivileged children throughout Europe, Asia, and the Middle East.     

2010: Dr. Kazmir was selected to become a board member of the Non-Partisan Political Action Committee (NORPAC), whose primary purpose is to support candidates and sitting members of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives who demonstrate a genuine commitment to the strength, security, and survival of Israel.

2010: Dr. Kazmir became a member of the Board of Governors for the Republican Jewish Coalition in Washington, D.C.

2011: Dr. Kazmir joined the ranks of six former Presidents and Nobel Prize winners by being awarded the Distinguished Ellis Island Medal of Honor by the National Ethnic Coalition of Organizations (NECO) for his outstanding citizenship, individual achievements and encouragements of cultural unity. The Ellis Island Medal of Honor is sanctioned by the U.S. Congress and entered into the Congressional Record.

2011: Dr. Kazmir was appointed by Governor Chris Christie to serve a four-year term as a member of the New Jersey Health Care Facilities Financing Authority, which is the primary issuer of municipal bonds for New Jersey’s Health Care Organizations.

2011: Dr. Kazmir was presented the Campeones Award in appreciation for his continued support and dedication to the Hispanic Leadership Program.

2012: Dr. Kazmir was elected unanimously to serve as a member of the Governing Board of the American Jewish Congress (AJCongress) and the Executive Committee of the AJCongress.

2014: Dr. Kazmir was presented with the Denise Shea Memorial Award by the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) at their annual dinner.

2014: Dr. Kazmir was presented with the “Never Forgotten” Award by the Associate Special Agent in Charge of NY Division for the DEAs Survivor’s Benefit Fund, which was formed to assist the families left behind by our fallen heroes.

2016: Dr. Kazmir was honored by Chabad of Greater Somerset, Hunterdon, and Union Counties. He was presented this honor for his unflagging dedication to the welfare of the Jewish Community, and for his tireless work to help people of all faiths across the Globe. Dr. Kazmir also received a Senate Resolution from State Senator Joseph Kyrillos (R-NJ 13th District), as well as a Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition from Congressman Blake Farenthold (R-TX 27th District).
 

Saturday, July 2, 2016 - 9:49am

NEW YORK – In response to the passing of Elie Wiesel, the Nobel Peace Prize laureate, author, activist and renowned Holocaust survivor, American Jewish Congress (AJCongress) President Jack Rosen issued the following statement:
“The world has suffered the loss of a singular moral voice. Elie Wiesel was a once in a generation figure who courageously used his own personal tragedy in order to make us all more accountable in the fight for justice.
“On behalf of the American Jewish Congress, I want to send my deepest condolences to the Wiesel family. He was an individual who perhaps more than anyone, ensured that learning about the Holocaust remain a priority in our society. We are incredibly saddened by his passing, but doubly resolute in our commitment to honoring his legacy through a continued focus on Holocaust education and in speaking out against human oppression in any form.”

Monday, June 13, 2016 - 1:27pm

NEW YORK – In response to the terror attack in Orlando over the weekend, which left at least 49 killed and 53 wounded, American Jewish Congress (AJCongress) President Jack Rosen issued the following statement:

“This heinous act of terror, which indiscriminately targeted members of Florida’s LGBT community during Pride Month, is one of the most senseless, barbaric and horrifying tragedies our country has witnessed in modern times. We condemn this attack in the strongest possible terms and send our deepest condolences to the families affected. As we mourn the innocent victims, our thoughts and prayers will remain with Orlando. We can not afford to give in to terror, fear and hate. We must remain united through the common bonds of freedom we all share as Americans, no matter our religion, race, ethnicity or sexual orientation.”
 

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Tuesday, June 7, 2016 - 1:29pm

NEW YORK – In response to New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s executive action to cease business dealings with organizations and companies that support the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement (BDS), American Jewish Congress (AJCongress) President Jack Rosen issued the following statement:

“On behalf of the American Jewish Congress, I want to thank Governor Cuomo for sending a clear message to those who seek to delegitimize the State of Israel: New York will not allow the BDS movement and its supporters to continue unabated. I’ve seen first hand over the years how Governor Cuomo’s friendship with Israel extends beyond words and into real leadership like he displayed yesterday. We hope more elected officials and business leaders will follow his example.”