Statements

Thursday, January 5, 2017 - 5:18pm

Following Prime Minister Theresa May's criticism of Secretary Kerry’s remarks after the adoption of the Anti-Israel UN Security Council Resolution 2334, the American Jewish Congress President Jack Rosen and Vice President Dr. Munr Kazmir made the following statement: "The American Jewish Congress welcomes Prime Minister May’s statement on Thursday (12/29) responding to Secretary Kerry’s speech which criticized Israel, with her spokesperson saying that PM May does ‘not believe that it is appropriate to attack the composition of the democratically elected government of an ally.’ “Sec. Kerry remarks of attacking another democratically elected government are out of place. America would be shocked and outraged if one of our democratic allies would make a similar negative remark on the composition of our democratically elected government.”

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Friday, December 30, 2016 - 10:42am

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

December 29th, 2016

American Jewish Congress Statement on Parliamentarian Elections in Macedonia

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

“The American Jewish Congress congratulates Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski and his party, VMRO DPMNE, for their victory in the recent December parliamentary elections in Macedonia. We appreciate the reports by ODIHR, as well as other international observers, that the elections were free, fair and democratic.

“The AJCongress hopes Prime Minister Gruevski and his party will continue with its cooperative programs with the Jewish community in Macedonia as well as Jews around the world. We also hope the excellent relations between Macedonia and Israel on political, economic, diplomatic and security issues will continue.

“AJCongress President, Jack Rosen, met with Prime Minister Gruevski earlier this year in New York to discuss the building of the Museum of the Holocaust in Skopje as well as founding of the fund of the holocaust. The AJCongress hopes the elections will open new opportunities for Macedonia and we look forward to closer cooperation with Prime Minister Gruevski and the Government of the Republic of Macedonia.”

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Media calls and enquiries should be directed to Aaron Bass or Rosie Dean at The PR Office on +44 (0)20 7284 6969 or by email abass@theproffice.com or rdean@theproffice.com or the American Jewish Congress on +1 212 897-4500 or by email at leadership@ajcongress.org

Wednesday, December 28, 2016 - 6:44pm

American Jewish Congress President Jack Rosen released the following statement in response to Sec. Kerry’s Vision on resolving the Israel-Palestinian conflict and Prime Minister Netanyahu's response:

“Secretary Kerry’s vision for peace, must be examined in the context of what he has achieved in office. His policy decisions in the Middle East: ISIS, Iran and Russia’s takeover of Syria have all been at the least questionable and at the worst wrong. Based on his record, we have no faith in his Middle East policy decisions. Therefore we don't believe that he is right with the polices that he laid out today on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Nonetheless, despite the horrific scenes of over 250,000 innocent people massacred, including women and children in Syria, the Obama Administration has used its remaining time to single out Israel.

"UN Security Council resolution 2334 systematically removes Israel’s sovereignty over East Jerusalem, which contains both Judaism’s and Christianity’s’ holy sites. Therefore Sec. Kerry's remarks today, including the condemnation of the UNESCO resolutions over the summer are inconsistence with his support for UNSC 2334, because the operative language of the resolution severs Israel's sovereignty over East Jerusalem."

“The American Jewish Congress supports Prime Minister Netanyahu’s assertion that the conflict has always been rooted in the refusal of the Palestinians to recognize the Jewish State. UNSC 2334 dangerously changes the status quo for a path to peace that has existed for many decades, which radically alters American policy and potentially empowers the Palestinians to never have to negotiate and recognize the Jewish State of Israel.

“Now that the UN has approved, with the acquiescence of the United States, a different path to peace, it will take a shift of policy from President-Elect Donald Trump and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to rebuild the America-Israel relationship. As a result, The American Jewish Congress' position is that the American embassy should be immediately relocated to East Jerusalem, to protect Israel from UNSC 2334.

Having the American embassy and flag planted in East Jerusalem will send a serious statement to the international community and for all those eager to apply UNSC 2334 that Jerusalem shall remain Israel proper. It will be extremely difficult to argue that the American embassy is not in Israel. "We express our gratitude to the incoming administration for committing to the moving the embassy, and all that they are doing to address these issues during the transition period.

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Media calls and enquiries should be directed to Aaron Bass or Rosie Dean at The PR Office on +44 (0)20 7284 6969 or by email abass@theproffice.com or rdean@theproffice.com or the American Jewish Congress on +1 212 897-4500 or by email at leadership@ajcongress.org

Monday, December 26, 2016 - 7:04pm

AMERICAN JEWISH CONGRESS URGES THE U.S. CONGRESS TO HOLD HEARINGS

The American Jewish Congress urges immediate congressional hearings following the change of U.S. policy that resulted in the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) resolution on December 23, 2016.

There are serious questions that need to be asked of the Obama administration following UN Security Council Resolution 2334, with the US refusing to veto a one-sided anti-Israel biased resolution that puts Israel in international legal jeopardy and takes the position that the Jewish holy sites in Jerusalem, including the Western Wall are no longer a part of Israel.

We urge the US Congress to investigate the actions taken by the Obama administration leading up to the vote. Such a seismic shift in America Foreign Policy in the transition period, must be fully reviewed and accounted for, specifically, Samantha Power and Ben Rhodes should explain the process which led to their actions, particularly in light of questions being raised.

Further, there are worrying reports circulating of additional harmful resolutions at the UNSC, and so we strongly believe that the American people deserve to be aware of the Obama Administration's intentions and their change in policy towards the State of Israel.

 

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Media calls and enquiries should be directed to Aaron Bass or Rosie Dean at The PR Office on +44 (0)20 7284 6969 or by email abass@theproffice.com  or rdean@theproffice.com or the American Jewish Congress on +1 212 897-4500 or by email at leadership@ajcongress.org

 

Friday, December 23, 2016 - 5:32pm

AMERICAN JEWISH CONGRESS STATEMENT ON TODAY'S ANTI-ISRAEL UN SECURITY COUNCIL VOTE

After the passing of today’s anti-Israel resolution at the United Nations Security Council, with 14 countries voting in favor and the United States abstaining, American Jewish Congress President Jack Rosen released the following statement:

“In the strongest terms possible, the American Jewish Congress is deeply disappointed with the Obama Administration for shamefully abstaining on today's anti-Israel UN Security Council resolution. By the U.S. abstaining, President Obama abandoned long standing American foreign policy of vetoing one-sided resolutions against Israel at the United Nations, and in doing so, he steps away from his Presidency turning his back on the unbreakable bond with our great ally Israel.

“It has long been the policy of our organization that reaching a peaceful resolution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict can only be achieved by direct negotiations between Israeli and Palestinian leadership, with outside interface, especially by the UN, which continues to be an inherently biased anti-Israel institution. Today, by allowing the Security Council to condemn Israel and disgracefully applaud the passing of an anti-Israel resolution, it prematurely and unfairly determined a core final issue of the conflict, while undermining Israel’s position at the negotiating table. Further it opens the door for legitimized harmful boycotts and other commercial predatory practices against Israel.

“Obama’s Israel legacy will now be viewed as anti-Israel by a majority of Americans, and historians won't have to argue over it, as his feckless Iran Nuclear Deal and troubled relationship with Prime Minister Netanyahu have already given justified reasons for many that he was not a supporter of Israel. Accordingly, the American Jewish Congress now adopts this view with the adoption of today’s resolution.

“As we face challenging times, with soon to celebrate the holiday of lights - Chanukah, we remind ourselves that despite today’s outcome we must continue to be a light upon the nations. Moving forward, we dedicate and commit ourselves to rekindling the U.S.-Israel relationship and working with the next administration on repairing the damage done today. We are greatly appreciative to President-Elect Donald Trump for his efforts to fight for Israel on this critical issue."

 

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Media calls and enquiries should be directed to Aaron Bass or Rosie Dean at The PR Office on +44 (0)20 7284 6969 or by email abass@theproffice.com  or rdean@theproffice.com or the American Jewish Congress on +1 212 897-4500 or by email at leadership@ajcongress.org

 

Friday, December 23, 2016 - 1:40pm

ALERT: SECURITY COUNCIL MOVING FORWARD ON ANTI-ISRAEL RESOLUTION. MUST BE STOPPED!

American Jewish Congress President Jack Rosen released the following statement:

“As developments continue to unfold, both in the press and at the United Nations, with the UN Security Council now moving forward to vote today at 3:00pm on an anti-Israel resolution, the American Jewish Congress takes great issue with the Obama Administration's silence, as it has become clear that they have not publicly stated a position, when it has long been standing American foreign policy to veto any one-side biased Israel resolutions at the UN.

“We respect the office of the President of the United States, but with President Obama’s term ending, it’s not only the wrong time to bring something of this significance up, but extremely troubling that Obama and Secretary John Kerry did not publicly come out against, placing unfortunately America in a difficult situation and Israel in a poor light.

"President-elect Donald Trump did the right thing yesterday by intervening using Twitter to save Israel, for the day, as an updated draft of the resolution is now moving forward, and it’s imperative that it be vetoed.

"We are monitoring the situation and have been in constant contact with world leaders, as we continue to deploy all our resources to put an end to this once and for all. Now is not the time to be questioning American foreign policy. It sends the wrong message here at home and in the Middle East."

 

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Media calls and enquiries should be directed to Aaron Bass or Rosie Dean at The PR Office on +44 (0)20 7284 6969 or by email abass@theproffice.com  or rdean@theproffice.com or the American Jewish Congress on +1 212 897-4500 or by email at leadership@ajcongress.org

 

Thursday, December 22, 2016 - 5:17pm

American Jewish Congress President Jack Rosen released the following statement applauding Egypt, after it requested that there would be no vote on an anti-Israel resolution that was set for a vote today in the UN Security Council:

“The UN Security Council resolution originally proposed by Egypt and promoted by the Palestinians was severely biased against Israel and would have served to be divisive across the region. Many in the Middle East are fighting common enemies –ISIS, Iranian regime, Al-Qaeda etc., as Egypt's request not to vote on the resolution today will allow the region to focus on more critical challenges.

“The American Jewish Congress has long advocated for a peaceful resolution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, negotiated by Palestinian and Israeli leaders without outside interference. One-sided measures at the United Nations Security Council only confuse an already complicated situation, while further fueling the conflict, delegitimizing one party and emboldening the pro-BDS (Boycott, Divestment Movement) movement. “We applaud Egypt for changing direction, as it will avoid a potential collision course between the Obama and Trump administrations.”

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Saturday, December 17, 2016 - 10:20am
American Jewish Congress President Mr. Jack Rosen and Vice President Dr. Munr Kazmir released the following statement on the announcement of David Friedman being appointed as the next U.S. Ambassador to Israel:
“The American Jewish Congress congratulates David Friedman on his appointment as U.S. Ambassador to Israel.
 
"Clearly, Mr. Friedman represents a different approach to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict than we have seen in the past. While we support fully a peaceful resolution and have worked tirelessly over the years to build bridges between Israelis and Palestinians, it is, however the time to confront Palestinian incitement and murdering of Jews. 
 
“That said, the Palestinians have not been serious about the Peace Process for many years and have been working to undermine the State of Israel both through incitement of hatred and acts of violence against Israelis, and also through diplomatic and lobbying efforts abroad, including attacking Israel in foreign parliaments, at the United Nations and most recently leading the efforts at UNESCO resolutions to deny Jewish and Christian claims to historical holy sites. The Palestinians and the international community need to understand that diplomatic terrorism has consequences, and so it’s no surprise to us that the incoming US Administration seems to be pursuing a different approach, as seen by Mr. Friedman’s appointment and widely publicized plans to move the Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. 
 
“All actions have consequences and this move by the new Trump Administration is perhaps only a natural reaction.”

 

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Wednesday, November 9, 2016 - 4:12pm

STATEMENT BY AMERICAN JEWISH CONGRESS PRESIDENT
JACK ROSEN VICE PRESIDENT MUNR KAZMIR ON DONALD TRUMP’S ELECTION VICTORY

New York--“On behalf of the American Jewish Congress, we congratulate Donald Trump on yesterday’s historic victory. As President-elect, the transition to leading the nation begins today, and his success in achieving greater prosperity and security for the United States will be enhanced if we come together in common purpose as Americans.

“We welcome a discussion of new ideas his Administration may propose to reinforce our long-standing bipartisan relationship with Israel, combat the threats of terrorism to the U.S. and our allies, and ensure a vigilant oversight on the implementation of the flawed and dangerous nuclear agreement with Iran.

“The American Jewish Congress stands ready to work closely with Mr. Trump on these and other important public policy issues in the years ahead.”

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Wednesday, October 26, 2016 - 3:41pm

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 26, 2016
 

 

AMERICAN JEWISH CONGRESS STATEMENT ON UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE COMMITTEE VOTE

NEW YORK – Upon hearing of the adoption of a resolution by the UNESCO World Heritage Committee that denies Jewish and Christian ties to Jerusalem, American Jewish Congress President Jack Rosen issued the following statement:

“We are deeply disappointed with the UNESCO World Heritage Committee for adopting, today, a racist resolution that attacks Jews’ and Christians’ historical connection to Jerusalem, as this also runs counter to American values.

“Over the past month, the American Jewish Congress has been engaged in meetings and discussions with senior officials from the United States and leaders around the world, to educate and raise awareness of the dangerous consequences from these resolutions. Our advocacy efforts included: meeting with UN ambassadors, heads of state, and asking members of the U.S. Congress to individually let ambassadors of the UNESCO voting countries know that this is unacceptable. American support against today’s resolution came from letters and statements issued by members of the U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate, and by a statement issued last night by presidential candidate, Hillary Clinton:

'It is disappointing and wrong to see that UNESCO's World Heritage Committee is considering a resolution on Jerusalem that fails to recognize and respect the deep and historic ties of the Jewish people to Jerusalem and its holy sites. Tomorrow's planned vote follows an outrageous UNESCO vote last week on a similar resolution. I have always stood with Israel to reject these biased actions at the United Nations, and I always will.'

“We extend our deepest appreciation to the member countries of the World Heritage Committee that either abstained or opposed the resolution. As we look to the leadership network built in our annual International Mayors Conference program, we wish to send a special thank you to: Argentine President Mauricio Macri for Argentina abstaining on the first vote that occurred in the UNESCO Executive Committee and Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi for his recent statement and commitment. We also thank Mexico and Brazil for taking a stand against the matter.

“The American Jewish Congress will continue to monitor the situation, and work towards the reversal of this one-sided decision, including efforts with whoever will become the next president of the United States. Further, we remain deeply committed to our mission of building ties with leaders early on, so we can prepare for future stunts like these at the United Nations.”

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