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.”

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.”

Wednesday, May 18, 2016 - 12:05pm

NEW YORK -- Last week, former President Bill Clinton defended his record on Israel and that of his wife, presidential candidate and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, during a political rally for her campaign, in response to a heckler. Secretary Clinton also issued a press statement criticizing the BDS movement amid the United Methodist Church’s move to pass a resolution boycotting Israel, which ultimately failed this weekend during their annual General Conference. Today, American Jewish Congress (AJCongress) President Jack Rosen issued the following statement:

“The Clintons have always been a strong ally to Israel, and history will always recall President Clinton’s determined efforts to establish a peace deal between Israelis and Palestinians during his time in the White House. We were very impressed with Mr. Clinton’s candor, responding with substantive and genuine answers to a heckler at Secretary Clinton’s political rally, and reminding the world of the dire tactics used by Hamas in Gaza -- using its own citizens as human shields -- so often forgotten by proponents of BDS.

“Secretary Clinton’s statement could not have come at a more vital juncture, as the United Methodist Church voted on pro-BDS resolutions over the weekend. It was a bold decision for Clinton to critique the parent organization of her own religion in defense of the Jewish State’s right to self-determination. For months, the American Jewish Congress has been appealing the Methodist Church to disavow any BDS resolutions that are put forth by its members, and in one fell swoop Secretary Clinton was able to help put the issue to rest.

“We thank the Clintons for standing up for what is right and defending Israel.”

Tuesday, May 17, 2016 - 12:41pm

NEW YORK—Over the weekend, Director-General of UNESCO Irina Bokova strongly condemned Iran's "Second International Holocaust Cartoon Contest." Bokova stated, "such an initiative which aims at a mockery of the genocide of the Jewish people, a tragic page of humanity's history, can only foster hatred and incite to violence, racism and anger."

Today, American Jewish Congress (AJCongress) President Jack Rosen praised Bokova's condemnation, issuing the following statement:

"We welcome Director-General Bokova's rejection of this heinous contest which is predicated on a state-sponsored anti-Semitism that has no place in modern society. The American Jewish Congress stands with UNESCO in condemning this flagrant denial of human history. We are committed to joining forces with UNESCO in order to educate every generation about the Holocaust and to combat anti-Semitism in Iran and around the world."

Tuesday, May 10, 2016 - 11:58am

NEW YORK -- For more than a decade, the American Jewish Congress has strived to provide a platform for Muslims and Jews to have an open dialogue about promoting tolerance and curbing extremism. American Jewish Congress (AJCongress) President Jack Rosen, who has a track record of personally engaging moderate Muslim leaders in the struggle against global anti-Semitism, issued the following statement today congratulating London's new mayor, Sadiq Khan, on his election and in the hopes of continuing to build that platform:

"Congratulations to Mayor Sadiq Khan, who is making history in becoming the first Muslim mayor in one of the most globally significant cities. The American Jewish Congress works closely with leaders around the world, and we welcome the opportunity to work with Mayor Khan from today forward. We hope that he will follow in the footsteps of such influential leaders as New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi and Argentinian President Mauricio Macri as a participant in our next International Conference of Mayors in Israel, an annual opportunity for the world's local leaders to come together to change and improve people's lives around the globe.

"Mayor Khan comes to the helm of London's government at a critical moment. It is now his responsibility to defend his city against bigotry, including troubling recent anti-Semitism and anti-Israel sentiment. We applaud his participation in London's recent Yom HaShoah memorial ceremony. Mayor Khan is off to a strong start, and we look forward to seeing him stand alongside British Jews as a friend and ally in the future."

Tuesday, May 3, 2016 - 10:22am

NEW YORK -- In response to a string of anti-Semitic statements made by prominent members of the United Kingdom's Labor Party, and the news that two Labor councillors were suspended yesterday for making such remarks, American Jewish Congress (AJCongress) President Jack Rosen issued the following statement:

"We at the American Jewish Congress are dumbfounded by this situation, in which four members of the Labor Party, including a former mayor of London, issued remarkably anti-Semitic comments over the span of only a couple of weeks.

"For such highly-visible public officials to issue such inflammatory remarks targeting the Jewish community, and for them to hail from a nation that is considered such a close ally to both Israel and the United States, comes as quite a shock. We hope that politicians in the United Kingdom -- and anywhere, for that matter -- will hold themselves to a higher standard and invoke a degree of political correctness when exercising their right to free expression.

"Clearly, as Israeli Ambassador to the UK Mark Rebev said on Sunday, anti-Semitism is not just a problem of the far-Right in Europe."

Tuesday, April 26, 2016 - 9:54am

NEW YORK -- In response to the pro-BDS resolutions recently passed by the City University of New York (CUNY) Doctoral Students’ Council and the graduate student union at New York University (NYU), American Jewish Congress (AJCongress) President Jack Rosen issued the following statement:

“We at the American Jewish Congress are disheartened by the decision of two university bodies -- both with large populations of Jewish students and deep-seated roots in the Jewish culture of New York City -- to mistakenly enter the wrong side of history.

“For CUNY -- where numerous instances of anti-Semitism have taken place in recent months -- this move is especially troubling, as is the admitted coordination between the CUNY branch of Students for Justice in Palestine and the Doctoral Students’ Council.

“For both schools to hold votes on their respective BDS resolutions on Friday night -- the Sabbath -- seems like an intentional deterrent to Jewish students who would have liked to have been included in the decision-making process. Discriminating against Jews and the Jewish State with pro-BDS resolutions is bad enough, but to intentionally bar Jewish students from having a stake in their university’s own policy towards Israel is both cruel and an obvious affront directed towards supporters of Israel who could have provided the deciding votes, especially at NYU, where the BDS resolution passed by only 3 votes.

“We fully expect both educational institutions’ administrations to reject the tenets of these resolutions, and hope that the United Auto Workers International union (UAW) -- the parent union of the NYU graduate student union -- will strike down their subsidiary’s BDS resolution, as they did with UAW Local 2865 -- the University of California academic union -- in January.”

Monday, April 18, 2016 - 3:17pm

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

“The United Nations already suffers from a major credibility gap when it comes to impartiality toward Israelis and Palestinians. This resolution only serves to harm the UN and its affiliated bodies’ reputation and their effectiveness in making positive contributions to the already tense climate in Jerusalem. If UNESCO truly seeks to improve the situation on the ground, as opposed to fanning the fires of hatred, then it is critical for them not only to strike a vastly fairer and more balanced approach, but a historically accurate one.”