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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.” 

Wednesday, July 13, 2016 - 1:54pm

NEW YORK – Following British Prime Minister David Cameron’s resignation, Theresa May, the British Conservative Party leader who currently serves as the country’s home secretary, is expected to succeed Mr. Cameron. In response to these developments, American Jewish Congress (AJCongress) President Jack Rosen and Vice President Dr. Munr Kazmir issued the following joint statement:

“On behalf of the American Jewish Congress, we are grateful that such a strong friend of Israel and the Jewish community will be leading Britain during this important time. Britain is a critical ally for Israel. May, through her actions protecting Jewish institutions in the UK and standing up for Israel’s right to live in security, has shown time and time again that she is a true friend of the community. Under May’s leadership, we look forward to continuing to work together with our partners in Britain to combat anti-Semitism, address radicalization and protect Israel’s security.”
 

Friday, July 8, 2016 - 3:23pm

NEW YORK – This week, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu traveled to Africa to commemorate the 40 th  anniversary of the raid on Entebbe, to meet with leaders, and to strengthen the diplomatic and economic ties between Israel and Africa. American Jewish Congress (AJCongress) President and American Council for World Jewry (ACWJ) Chairman Jack Rosen, who has personal relationships with several African leaders, praised the Prime Minister’s visit:

“Prime Minister Netanyahu’s efforts to enhance cooperation between Israel and Africa is an important step in building diplomatic and economic partners in a critically strategic region. His visit this week represents the untapped potential for Israel and the nations in Africa to make each other stronger. By investing in binational working relationships in Africa, Israel has a major opportunity to enhance and expand its security and economic engagement on the world’s second most populous continent.

“For many years, we have worked to position Israeli science and innovation as a foundation for bringing together elected officials and business leaders from around the world and creating new channels of communication that are mutually beneficial. Through our Science Diplomacy Initiative, we have facilitated expanded opportunities between Israel’s thriving high tech community and municipalities around the globe, leading to greater dialogue and goodwill between Israel and the international community. Our approach, which the Prime Minister supported this week, initiates the conversations with African leaders that ultimately yield real advantages for fighting terrorism, boosting security, and developing opportunities for economic exchange. The American Jewish Congress welcomes these efforts, and looks forward to continuing to further its own partnerships with African leaders on the local and national level to help advance this promising initiative.”
 

Saturday, July 2, 2016 - 9:49am

NEW YORK – In response to the passing of Elie Wiesel, the Nobel Peace Prize laureate, author, activist and renowned Holocaust survivor, American Jewish Congress (AJCongress) President Jack Rosen issued the following statement:
“The world has suffered the loss of a singular moral voice. Elie Wiesel was a once in a generation figure who courageously used his own personal tragedy in order to make us all more accountable in the fight for justice.
“On behalf of the American Jewish Congress, I want to send my deepest condolences to the Wiesel family. He was an individual who perhaps more than anyone, ensured that learning about the Holocaust remain a priority in our society. We are incredibly saddened by his passing, but doubly resolute in our commitment to honoring his legacy through a continued focus on Holocaust education and in speaking out against human oppression in any form.”