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Wednesday, December 13, 2017 - 11:56am

“Yesterday, the people of Alabama expressed their desire in putting their country first in their decision. The American Jewish Congress agrees with their referendum to support all the people of Alabama–including minorities, and against the hateful speech put forth by the Roy Moore Campaign.

Roy Moore’s comments against the Jewish people, including saying of a well known figure that “is going to the same place that people who don't recognize God and morality and accept his salvation are going” and then, his wife defending the bigoted statement by insensitively referring to one of their lawyers saying “a Jew” not only echo outrageous claims from scared years of our collective history, but also seek to demean and put down the Jewish people and all minorities.

We look forward to working with Senator Doug Jones on the continuous fight for equal rights for all Americans regardless of race, religion or national ancestry."

Monday, December 11, 2017 - 2:58pm

It is deeply troubling to hear Erdogan refer to Israel as a ‘terrorist state’. Israel is widely recognized in the West as a beacon of democracy, technology and culture, and one that leads many of its neighbors by example.

 

“Such a statement is damaging and misguided and we fully support Prime Minister Netanyahu’s response –  as he said in Paris, “Jerusalem has been the capital of Israel for 3,000 years” and the “Jewish state for 70 years”. As many have also pointed out, its bureaucracy has operated out of Jerusalem for decades. To call it an “occupying state” is reactionary, misguided and fundamentally wrong.

 

“This kind of rhetoric does nothing but extend the divisions that already exist, at a time when responsibility and cooperation are needed in order to reduce suffering, conflict and the loss of life. Erdogan is using recent events to his own ends. As a third party to the situation, he should refrain from using slander against Israel to push a political agenda. It is immoral and irresponsible, and says far more about Erdogan’s position moving forwards than it does about Israel’s position on the global stage.”

 

Jack Rosen

President American Jewish Congress

 
Monday, December 11, 2017 - 10:13am

The American Jewish Congress welcomed President Trump’s official recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital city and its commitment to relocating the American Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. They issued a statement which read:

 

“This historic acknowledgement by the Trump administration recognizes Jerusalem’s just and rightful position as the heart of the Jewish State and nation.

 

The Palestinians have for some time embarked on diplomatic terrorism at international institutions including the UN and UNESCO. In this they were aided by President Obama’s abstention on the anti-Israel UN Security Council resolution last December, which threatened to strain the special relationship between the US and Israel, and sent a dangerous message to the Palestinians that the US was abandoning its long-standing American policy of vetoing unilateral resolutions against Israel. This has served only to entrench attitudes towards the Palestinians by those on the right in America and across the Jewish world. The Palestinians really only have themselves to blame for today’s announcement.

 

That said, the American Jewish Congress is encouraged by the increased signs of engagement between Israel and Sunni Arab states, which make the prospects of achieving a lasting negotiated peace between Israel and the Palestinians an ever more realistic outcome. The American Jewish Congress looks to the US to continue to lead the way among the international community to facilitate constructive dialogue and actions between Israel and the Palestinians with the aim of reinvigorating the dormant peace process.”

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Wednesday, December 6, 2017 - 6:04pm

In response to President Trump’s  official recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital city the American  Jewish Congress issued the following statement:

 

“The American Jewish Congress welcomes President Trump’s official recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital city and its commitment to relocating the American Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. This historic acknowledgement by the Trump administration recognizes Jerusalem’s just and rightful position as the heart of the Jewish State.

 

“The Palestinians really only have themselves to blame for today’s announcement. The Palestinians have for some time embarked on diplomatic terrorism at international institutions including the UN and UNESCO. In this they were aided by President Obama’s abstention on the anti-Israel UN Security Council resolution last December, which threatened to strain the special relationship between the US and Israel, and sent a dangerous message to the Palestinians that the US was abandoning its longstanding American policy of vetoing unilateral resolutions against Israel.  This has served only to entrench attitudes towards the Palestinians by those on the right in America and across the Jewish world.”

 

“That said, the American Jewish Congress is encouraged by the increased signs of engagement between Israel and Sunni Arab states, which make the prospects of achieving a lasting negotiated peace between Israel and the Palestinians an ever more realistic outcome. The American Jewish Congress looks to the US to continue to lead the way among the international community to facilitate constructive dialogue and actions between Israel and the Palestinians with the aim of reinvigorating the dormant peace process.”

 

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Tuesday, November 28, 2017 - 3:44pm

 

In response to Trump administration's commitment to relocating the American Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, the designated capital of Israel, the American Jewish Congress issued the following statement:

 

"The American Jewish Congress acknowledges the Trump administration's commitment to relocating the American Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, the designated capital of Israel.

The Trump administration has repeatedly stated that its embassy move would only be realized once movement was made on the Middle East. The Palestinians have so far showed a lack of serious commitment to achieving peace and their pursuit of terror in preference to constructive dialogue is reason enough to support an immediate move of the embassy to Jerusalem.

The American Jewish Congress hopes this call to action will provide the necessary impetus to bring all parties back to the negotiating table. Peace can only be achieved by bringing all parties together on an equal footing.

The American Jewish Congress looks to the US to continue to lead the way among the international community in engaging in decisive words and actions to facilitate constructive dialogue between Israel and the Palestinians in the hopes of reinvigorating the dormant peace process."

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Monday, November 27, 2017 - 2:27pm

In response to the Mumbai terror mastermind released from house arrest, the American Jewish Congress issued the following statement:

 

"The American Jewish Congress is outraged by the release from house arrest in Pakistan today of Hafiz Saeed, the radical Islamist leader who masterminded the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks," the AJC statement read. The murderous attacks on a series of targets in Indiaincluded a three-day siege at Nariman House, the home of the Jewish Chabad Lubavitch movement in Mumbai, which left seven people dead."

 

"The American Jewish Congress abhors the legitimization of deadly acts of terror by radical terrorist groups against innocent civilians. Saeed’s house detention was itself insufficient punishment for such an atrocity and an inadequate deterrent to the ever multiplying list of radical Islamist groups and individuals looking to hijack our universal values of freedom and tolerance to spread their own hateful agendas.

 

"His release after a mere 10 months of 'detention' in a city where his actions are lauded by other peripheral factions now facilitates his expected play for power at next year’s Pakistani General Election, under the umbrella of the Milli Muslim League party, set up during his tenure under house arrest.

 

"The American Jewish Congress hopes that India and the US will continue to exert pressure and use all available tools to encourage the Pakistani authorities to bring Saeed to justice and to adopt a stronger stance in the fight against terrorist groups and ensure that radical Islamist groups have no role to play in the future of legitimate political life and dialogue in Pakistan."

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Sunday, November 5, 2017 - 7:20pm

In response to the resignation of the Prime Minister of Lebanon, the American Jewish Congress issued the following statement:

"The American Jewish Congress notes with concern the resignation of Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri, citing fears over the growing influence of Iranian proxy, the militant Hezbollah terror organization. The Prime Minister's announcement, amid growing fears over the consolidation of Iranian influence in Lebanon is the the most worrying sign yet of Hezbollah's dangerous intentions. The American Jewish Congress calls on the US administration to take essential steps to curb Hezbollah's dangerous dominance in Lebanon, which if left unchallenged and bolstered by Iranian support, risks further destabilising the region. Hezbollah is internationally recognized as a terrorist organization. If international powers cannot cooperate with local moderate forces to counter the combined force of Iran and Hezbollah, the situation is certain to spiral, increasing the likelihood of a clash with Israel, as well as the spread of terror throughout the Middle East."

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Wednesday, November 1, 2017 - 10:36am
In response to the New York Terror Attack, the American Jewish Congress issued the following statement:
 
"The American Jewish Congress is appalled by the terror attack that was carried out in New York yesterday, leaving eight innocent people dead and many more injured. Our condolences and thoughts are with the victims, their families and those affected by this cowardly act, the deadliest to occur in the city since the September 11 attacks. These attacks are becoming ever more frequent and their targets are always innocent people going about their everyday lives, from children travelling on a school bus to groups of friends celebrating. This was an attack not only on America, but on the free world and serves as a reminder of the dangers of radical Islamic terror. We must unite once again in our shared values of freedom and tolerance to combat hate and ensure our universal values prevail. The American Jewish Congress stands in solidarity with all victims of terror and with the citizens of New York.”

 

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Monday, October 16, 2017 - 3:45pm
In response to the Austria Election, the American Jewish Congress issued the following statement:
 
“The American Jewish Congress expresses its profound concern that at yesterday’s Austrian parliamentary elections the far-right Freedom Party, led by Heinz-Christian Strache, gained more than 25 percent of the vote. This is the strongest showing in Europe for a party of the far-right since World War II and makes a party with worrying history of anti-Semitism the second largest political bloc in Austria. We congratulate Sebastian Kurz, head of the centre-right Austrian People’s party, who will now become Chancellor, and strongly urge him to form a coalition of centrist parties and not be beholden to a party of the far-right in his new coalition government. A party with such xenophobic and intolerant views should not be allowed to enter the mainstream of European politics. The trends in Europe should trouble Jewish groups around the world, including the United States. The rapid re-emergence of the far-right in Europe, which this week’s election in Austria is just the latest example, may have more to do with European immigration and Islamism than a wider intolerance towards Jews and other faiths. However, we know only too well from our tragic history where hatred and intolerance of any kind leads. It is also the case that alt-right groups in the US are emboldened by the success of the European far-right and this poses a serious and immediate threat to the Jewish community, as well as any citizen of the US committed to freedom, democracy and justice.”
 
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Monday, October 16, 2017 - 9:51am
In response to the Iran Deal, the American Jewish Congress issued the following statement:
 
“The American Jewish Congress supports the decision taken by President Trump to decertify the Iran nuclear deal. While we opposed the deal at the time we were happy to be proven wrong, but we have not been. Looking back now we feel even more confident that this is a bad agreement that goes against the interests of Israel, America and citizens of the world that are opposed to terror. At the time of the signing, it was the Obama Administration’s belief that the agreement would serve to bring Iran in from the cold and strengthen the moderates in the regime. However, the simple fact is that this not happened, and worse the Iranian regime has grown bolder and more dangerous. Unencumbered by the crippling sanctions that were working, they have continued to spread terror around the region. We are mindful that the defence establishment and many world leaders are in favor of maintaining the deal, but sometimes we need fresh thinking. In business or politics, bad ideas have consequences and continuing to further a bad strategy when it has proven not to work is folly. The 15 year period where the nuclear program can be resumed is fast approaching, and it is time for a new paradigm on Iran for the safety of the region and good of the world.”
 
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