“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.
“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.
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 aton 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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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.”
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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October 26, 2016
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.”
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.”
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.”
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.”