American Jewish Congress Names Dr. Munr Kazmir as Vice President
Friday, July 8, 2016 - 3:17pm

Dr. Kazmir will bring decades of experience in Jewish and international affairs to AJCongress

NEW YORK – American Jewish Congress is thrilled to announce today the addition of Dr. Munr Kazmir as the new vice president of the organization. Born in Pakistan, Kazmir is a doctor, businessman, entrepreneur, and philanthropist. His accomplishments range from dedicated CEO to avid supporter of human rights and education throughout the world. He comes to AJCongress having served on its board of directors and several other boards in the Jewish community including the American Council for World Jewry, the Board of Governors for the Republican Jewish Coalition, the Anti-Defamation League regional board and Chabad House. As vice president, Kazmir will bolster AJCongress’ efforts engaging leaders on a global scale and working to advance Israel’s security and ensure the vitality of the American Jewish community.

In announcing the news, American Jewish Congress (AJCongress) President Jack Rosen issued the following statement:

“In addition to being a decorated and accomplished doctor, Dr. Kazmir has dedicated his life to being involved in the Jewish community. We couldn’t be more excited to welcome him to his new role within the American Jewish Congress family, and look forward to working closely together on our organization’s core causes.

“Dr. Kazmir’s track record of leadership will help us carry on our proud legacy as we seek to fulfill our shared vision for the future. Whether it’s lending his hand in the fight against BDS or promoting a strong U.S.-Israel relationship, we are honored for Dr. Kazmir to be joining us.”

More on Dr. Munr Kazmir

Dr. Munr Kazmir was born in Pakistan in 1957. He graduated from the University of Punjab where he received his M.B.B.S./M.D. He then went on to complete a one-year internship at the Mayo Hospital in Lahore, as well as a two-year residency at the Holy Family Hospital in Rawalpindi, Pakistan. In 1984, Dr. Kazmir arrived in the United States where he successfully completed his Internal Medicine internship at the White Plains Hospital/Montefiore Medical Center in 1986.

Among his many accomplishments, Dr. Kazmir has founded the American International School System (AISS)-the most modern state-of- the-art school in the history of Pakistan. AISS brings top-quality American based education to the underprivileged children in neglected regions. Dr. Kazmir maintains cooperative, bipartisan relationships with many members of the United States Congress and is very active in promoting the concept of democratic government in third world countries and the Middle East. He remains committed to fostering and supporting women’s rights, as well as human rights causes throughout the world.

Accomplishments & Awards

1993: Dr. Kazmir was one of the founders of the New Synagogue of Fort Lee where he still serves today as one of two Shomrim, the highest honor in the synagogue. 1995: Dr. Kazmir received first Humanitarian award from the State of New Jersey’s Child Protection Commission and Children’s Trust Fund for his fundraising efforts to combat juvenile diabetes.

1997: The Prime Minister of Israel and the Mayor of Jerusalem presented Dr. Kazmir with the Theodor Herzl Award in recognition for his exceptional humanitarian efforts.

2001: Dr. Kazmir was appointed to be on the Board of Trustees of the Rabbinical College of America.

2001: Dr. Kazmir was honored at the Congressional Meeting of the House of Representatives by Congressman Steve Rothman of the 9 th  District of New Jersey for his continued benevolence and support.

2003: Dr. Kazmir was appointed to serve on the United States Medicare Coverage Advisory Committee.

2005: United States Secretary of Health and Human Services appointed Dr. Kazmir to serve a three-year term on the National Advisory Committee for the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.

2006: Dr. Kazmir was presented with a Certificate of Appreciation by DEA Special Agent in Charge in New York, John Gilbride, for outstanding contributions in the field of drug and law enforcement.

2007: Founded the American International School System Foundation—501(c) (3) that provides scholarships to underprivileged children throughout Europe, Asia, and the Middle East.     

2010: Dr. Kazmir was selected to become a board member of the Non-Partisan Political Action Committee (NORPAC), whose primary purpose is to support candidates and sitting members of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives who demonstrate a genuine commitment to the strength, security, and survival of Israel.

2010: Dr. Kazmir became a member of the Board of Governors for the Republican Jewish Coalition in Washington, D.C.

2011: Dr. Kazmir joined the ranks of six former Presidents and Nobel Prize winners by being awarded the Distinguished Ellis Island Medal of Honor by the National Ethnic Coalition of Organizations (NECO) for his outstanding citizenship, individual achievements and encouragements of cultural unity. The Ellis Island Medal of Honor is sanctioned by the U.S. Congress and entered into the Congressional Record.

2011: Dr. Kazmir was appointed by Governor Chris Christie to serve a four-year term as a member of the New Jersey Health Care Facilities Financing Authority, which is the primary issuer of municipal bonds for New Jersey’s Health Care Organizations.

2011: Dr. Kazmir was presented the Campeones Award in appreciation for his continued support and dedication to the Hispanic Leadership Program.

2012: Dr. Kazmir was elected unanimously to serve as a member of the Governing Board of the American Jewish Congress (AJCongress) and the Executive Committee of the AJCongress.

2014: Dr. Kazmir was presented with the Denise Shea Memorial Award by the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) at their annual dinner.

2014: Dr. Kazmir was presented with the “Never Forgotten” Award by the Associate Special Agent in Charge of NY Division for the DEAs Survivor’s Benefit Fund, which was formed to assist the families left behind by our fallen heroes.

2016: Dr. Kazmir was honored by Chabad of Greater Somerset, Hunterdon, and Union Counties. He was presented this honor for his unflagging dedication to the welfare of the Jewish Community, and for his tireless work to help people of all faiths across the Globe. Dr. Kazmir also received a Senate Resolution from State Senator Joseph Kyrillos (R-NJ 13th District), as well as a Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition from Congressman Blake Farenthold (R-TX 27th District).

American Jewish Congress Praises Governor Cuomo for Action Against BDS
Tuesday, June 7, 2016 - 1:29pm

NEW YORK – In response to New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s executive action to cease business dealings with organizations and companies that support the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement (BDS), American Jewish Congress (AJCongress) President Jack Rosen issued the following statement:

“On behalf of the American Jewish Congress, I want to thank Governor Cuomo for sending a clear message to those who seek to delegitimize the State of Israel: New York will not allow the BDS movement and its supporters to continue unabated. I’ve seen first hand over the years how Governor Cuomo’s friendship with Israel extends beyond words and into real leadership like he displayed yesterday. We hope more elected officials and business leaders will follow his example.”

Tuesday, May 31, 2016 - 5:04pm

Louis D. Brandeis, the great U.S. Supreme Court Justice who took his seat almost exactly 100 years ago, famously wrote that “sunlight is said to be the best of disinfectants.” In another illustration of that wisdom, the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement that seeks to delegitimize Israel was unable to survive the scrutiny of the United Methodist Church, which voted last week to reject four resolutions aimed at taking punitive action against Israel.

The 12-million-member Church voted on pro-BDS measures at each of its last three quadrennial policy conferences, culminating this year in another defeat for BDS supporters in what one proponent of the resolutions described as an effort that “pretty much went down in flames.”

Thursday, May 26, 2016 - 2:42pm

Bernie Sanders’ appointments of Cornel West and James Zogby as his representatives to the Democratic party’s platform drafting committee are drawing strong condemnation from U.S. Jewish leaders...

“Of all the social activists that Senator Sanders could have nominated to help advance his message, we are particularly troubled by the selection of Cornel West, a prominent supporter of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement,” American Jewish Congress President Jack Rosen said in a statement. “Ultimately, we will judge the committee based on their actions at the Democratic Convention in Philadelphia this July, but considering Sanders’ extremely misinformed comments about Israel last month, the American Jewish Congress is especially concerned about West’s policy positions on the Middle East.”

Thursday, May 26, 2016 - 1:57pm

The American Jewish Congress has issued a statement criticizing the announcement of Senator Bernie Sanders’ five nominations for the Democratic Party platform drafting committee, including former Harvard professor and Cornel West, who is a supporter of boycott, divestment and sanctions movement.

“Of all the social activists that Senator Sanders could have nominated to help advance his message, we are particularly troubled by the selection of Cornel West, a prominent supporter of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement,” American Jewish Congress President Jack Rosen said.

Wednesday, May 25, 2016 - 11:55am

American Jewish Congress President Jack Rosen issued a statement on Wednesday, praising former President Bill Clinton and his wife, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, for their support of Israel.

Former President Clinton defended his and his wife’s record on Israel in response to a heckler at a political rally last week. Secretary Clinton issued a press statement criticizing the boycott, divestment and sanctions‎ movement as the United Methodist Church’s moved to pass a resolution — which ultimately failed — in boycotting Israel.

In his statement, Rosen described the Clintons as a consistently strong ally to Israel.

Tuesday, April 19, 2016 - 10:46am

For most of the 2016 Presidential campaign, foreign policy issues have played a secondary role, but Democratic candidate Bernie Sanders’ response to questions about the Palestinian-Israeli conflict has generated considerable attention on the eve of the New York primary.

Recently, Sanders threw around random numbers with respect to civilians killed in the 2014 war between Israel and Hamas, the terrorist organization ruling over the Gaza Strip. Confusion about the precise figures is not disqualifying, but even more troubling than having only a distant familiarity with one of the most high profile issues a sitting US Senator confronts is the language Sanders chose to criticize Israeli conduct in its war of self-defense.

Sanders is among those who argue for a “proportional response” to terrorists. This is a notion many find baffling, as the merciless attacks by terror groups focus overwhelmingly on their attempts to murder as many innocent civilians as possible. In such a political and military context, one wonders what the advocates of proportionality really mean given Webster’s definition of “having a size, number or amount that is directly related to or appropriate for something.”

Monday, April 18, 2016 - 3:19pm

"In a resolution last week, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (Unesco) passed a resolution branding Israel as “an occupying power,” denying Israel’s historic and religious connection to holy sites such as the Temple Mount and the Western Wall in Jerusalem...

In a responding statement, American Jewish Congress (AJCongress) President Jack Rosen expressed concern over the resolution, saying that the United Nations already suffers from “a major credibility gap” in its bias against Israel. According to Rosen, the resolution “only serves to harm” the reputation of the U.N. and affiliated bodies, along with their effectiveness in making contributions to Jerusalem’s already tense atmosphere.

“If UNESCO truly seeks to improve the situation on the ground,” Rosen said, “as opposed to fanning the fires of hatred, then it is critical for them not only to strike a vastly fairer and more balanced approach, but a historically accurate one.”

Fair Observer
Monday, April 4, 2016 - 9:22am

Argentina is the only major player in Latin America with a forward looking agenda that offers hope to its people.

In the crush of events that always weigh down a US president, and the daily eruptions of the 2016 election campaign, it would be a monumental mistake to underestimate the importance of President Barack Obama’s recent meeting with newly elected Argentine President Mauricio Macri. US outreach to Latin America never seems to garner sufficient priority, and the personal attention by Obama to one of the most interesting new leaders in a hugely influential country south of the border should not go unremarked.

Macri’s electoral victory in 2015 represents a long awaited change from the path taken by many of Argentina’s neighbors, where corruption and ineptitude seem pervasive in places like Venezuela, Bolivia and Brazil. Succeeding Cristina Fernández de Kirchner, whose fame, or infamy, rested on her accommodations with neighborhood thugs—not to mention her various deals with Iran’s ayatollahs—Macri brings to Casa Rosada the promise of a new day for his people and a new model for Latin America.

Friday, March 4, 2016 - 12:02pm

Even in the midst of an astounding 2016 presidential campaign that is gripping the attention of most Americans, the U.S. - Iran nuclear deal is back in the news. The IAEA says that, so far, Iran appears to be in compliance. But that is not the whole story.

Now we learn that the regime of the Ayatollahs has a new program to support Palestinian murderers of Israelis. Iran has committed to give $7,000 to families of attackers who have used knives, hammers, scissors and other crude implements to kill and maim. For families that have their homes destroyed by Israel as a form of deterrence against future would-be murderers, Iran will provide $30,000.

None of this can come as a surprise, as Iran has increased financial support of both Hamas and Hezbollah, its two best-known proxies devoted to Israel’s destruction. Nor was any this unanticipated at the time the nuclear agreement was signed.