Statements

Thursday, October 13, 2016 - 4:02pm

NEW YORK – As news of UNESCO adopting an anti-Israel resolution circulates, American Jewish Congress President Jack Rosen issued the following statement:

"The American Jewish Congress strongly condemns UNESCO for adopting a resolution that attempts to rewrite history by disregarding Judaism and Christianity’s ties to the Temple Mount and Western Wall, while solely identifying Islam as having religious ties to these sacred sites.

“We also condemn the shameful timing, as the resolution circulated while the Jewish faith observed the Jewish High Holidays, with the vote scheduled for today, a day after Yom Kippur.

“Lastly, we are deeply disappointed with the 24 countries that voted in favor. Your collective submission allowing this motion to pass sets a dangerous precedent of further politicizing the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and also engagers it to be turned into a religious one.”

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Monday, October 10, 2016 - 3:41pm

American Jewish Congress President Jack Rosen issued the following statement in response to the massive devastation caused by Hurricane Matthew:

“The American Jewish Congress extends its deepest sympathies to all those affected by Hurricane Matthew. The category-four storm severely impacted the Republic of Haiti, taking the lives of 1000 people. Villages and towns have been completely decimated. 60,000 people are living in temporary shelters and at least 1.4 million people await much needed assistance.

“The AJCongress strongly supports robust and immediate relief efforts, urging the international community to act expeditiously, as the UN Security General calls for a ‘massive response’ to help Haiti recover from the devastation caused by Hurricane Matthew.”
 

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Wednesday, September 28, 2016 - 2:35pm

NEW YORK—American Jewish Congress President Jack Rosen issued the following statement on the passing of Israeli leader President Shimon Peres:

“Today, we mourn the loss of an incredible Israeli leader and statesman, Shimon Peres (Z”L). During his lifetime, President Peres oversaw the building of Israel and her righteous place among the nations. No other countryman has held as many hats or roles for the Israeli people, serving as president, twice as prime minister, minister of foreign affairs, defense minister, finance minster, and transportation minister. He was the recipient of many well-deserved honors, among them the Nobel Peace Prize, U.S. Presidential Medal of Freedom and U.S. Congressional Gold Medal.

“Peres was a man of the world, a peacemaker, and a visionary who endeavored tirelessly for the greater good, demonstrating time and time again against incredible odds, opposition and criticism, that peace is the only way, and indeed, it is achievable.

“As he once said, ‘You are only as great as the cause you serve.’

“We will miss you, dear friend. Thank you for your service. May your memory always be a blessing. We have in our hearts and prayers at this time President Peres’ family, friends and loved ones, whom the world joins in mourning him.”
 

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Tuesday, September 27, 2016 - 10:08am

NEW YORK—In response to California Governor Jerry Brown signing into law legislation requiring companies doing business with the state of California to also not discriminate against other sovereign states, including Israel, American Jewish Congress President Jack Rosen issued the following statement:

“The American Jewish Congress applauds California Governor Brown for standing up for Israel and ensuring that his state will not engage with those on a mission to discriminate against Israel, its existence and its people. Governor Brown makes clear that California will not do business with those affiliated with the hateful and prejudiced BDS movement. He sets an example for governors and states across the country to follow. ”
 

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Thursday, September 22, 2016 - 9:43pm

NEW YORK—In response to Prime Minister Netanyahu’s remarks at the United Nations General Assembly in New York, American Jewish Congress President Jack Rosen issued the following statement:

“The American Jewish Congress is proud to support Prime Minister Netanyahu’s agenda that he presented in his address to the United Nations General Assembly for peace in the Middle East and the critical protection of Israel’s security. We share in his focus on promoting the advancement of the innovative industries that make Israel so unique -- science and technology, cybersecurity, and sustainable agriculture and water conservation.

“We agree with President Netanyahu that Israel is a valuable friend to so many countries and people across the globe, and we support the development of increased ties between Israel and the international community.”

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Monday, August 29, 2016 - 6:39pm

AJCongress President Jack Rosen sends letter to Brussels Airlines CEO

NEW YORK — Recent news reports revealed that Brussels Airlines decided to cease providing an Israeli-made food product on flights in response to pressure from supporters of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement. Jack Rosen, president of American Jewish Congress, a leading advocacy organization committed to ensuring the survival and security of Israel and protecting Jewish communities around the world, sent a letter today to Brussels Airlines CEO Bernard Gustin expressing his concerns and calling on the airline to change its decision, as well as released the below statement. The full text of the letter is included below.

“Brussels Airlines has unfortunately succumbed to pressure from the BDS movement by removing a food product from its flights. This decision is yet another example of how bias and hatred can subvert the efforts to find a path toward a two-state solution in the Middle East.

“Though not yet an official policy, the decision by some in Brussels Airlines management to cave in to BDS only drives a deeper wedge between Israelis and Palestinians rather than working creatively to bring both parties to the negotiating table. The transparent attack against the Jewish state through boycotts does nothing to advance the cause of peace and security, and undoubtedly will lead to difficult days ahead for the airline’s commercial relationships with other nations.

“BDS is a destructive, counterproductive force at odds with the goal of bringing Israelis and Palestinians together. I encourage Brussels Airlines to reverse its hasty anti-Israel decision which could have irreparable repercussions for the airline’s reputation, and for those advocating and working toward direct negotiations between the parties. Fairness and justice must prevail on difficult public policy issues that impact millions of lives.”
 

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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.” 

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