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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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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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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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