Statements

Thursday, March 23, 2017 - 10:32am

American Jewish Congress President Jack Rosen and Vice President Dr. Munr Kazmir issued the following statement:

"The American Jewish Congress stands in solidarity with the people of the United Kingdom in the aftermath of the tragic terror attack that took place in Westminster yesterday. The terrorists chose to attack the British Parliament, home to one of the oldest democracies in the world, often referred to as the ‘Mother of all Parliaments’, a symbol that stands proudly shining out its values of freedom across the entire world.

"These heinous attacks remind us of the dangers of radical Islamic terrorism and that we must unite against it to protect our values. At this sad hour let us recommit to not give in to terror and instead pledge to stand against the attackers and their evil ideology of hate and stand for peace.

"We send our thoughts and prayers to the victims of this horrific attack and their families."

 

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Wednesday, March 1, 2017 - 4:40pm

American Jewish Congress President Jack Rosen released the following statement:

“The American Jewish Congress welcomes the remarks made by President Trump yesterday before the U.S. Congress, regarding Israel and the recent rise in anti-Semitic incidents. These have been extremely worrying times and it is important that the President and his administration take the lead in the fight against anti-Semitism, as we are pleased that the President used the high-profile forum to address the issue.

“In the final days of the Obama administration we saw relations between the United States and Israel hit a new low with the passing of the anti-Israel United Nations Security Council Resolution 2334. The invitation by President Trump to Prime Minister Netanyahu as one of his first overseas guests to the White House signaled the importance of the relationship and yesterday’s comments have restored confidence in the alliance.     

“The American Jewish Congress stands ready to work with President Trump to ensure that the United States maintains its strong relationship with Israel and our Jewish community.”

 

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Wednesday, March 1, 2017 - 4:32pm

American Jewish Congress President Jack Rosen released the following statement:

“The American Jewish Congress recognizes the remarks made by Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) during an address to the J Street 2017 National Congress where he stressed the importance of progressives acknowledging the “enormous achievement of establishing a democratic homeland for the Jewish people”.

“This is a significant change from the divisive language used during Senator Sander’s presidential campaign, however we remain concerned because the Senator also used the opportunity to label Israel as a foreign occupier. The timing of his remarks may have been due to Rep Ellison’s loss for the position of Chairperson of the DNC, an election that was reportedly impacted by Ellison’s anti-Israel track record, which further makes it increasingly clear that in American politics you can’t leave any group out, including Jewish Americans, as we all matter.

“It is unfortunate that in recent times we have witnessed a growing anti-Israel tendency emanating from the progressive side of politics in the United States. Senator Sanders’ remarks demonstrate that he is in a position where he can begin to undo the damage caused throughout his campaign and begin to re-establish Israel as a beacon of democratic values within a troubled region. The American Jewish Congress hopes Senator Sanders and other members of the progressive movement will work towards strengthening U.S.-Israel relations, and fighting more actively anti-Semitism and the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions movement.”

 

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Monday, February 27, 2017 - 4:33pm
American Jewish Congress President Jack Rosen and Vice President Dr. Munr Kazmir released the following statement:
 
"The American Jewish Congress welcomes Tom Perez as the new chair of the Democratic National Committee.  The DNC is an important part of our political system and we hope to harness their support on a wide range of issues, including US foreign policy concerning Israel. Israel is and should remain a bi-partisan issue, where people from both parties work together to ensure America’s interests in the Middle East are furthered, and America’s closest ally in the region is supported and defended. 
 
"We cannot ignore the fact that this contest, and in particular Ellison’s candidacy caused a great deal of division and discord. Divisiveness damages us, breeds hatred and only succeeds in weakening America’s interests at home and abroad. We hope that Mr. Perez will unite the party and join with us to protect Israel and Jewish communities across America."
 
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Tuesday, February 21, 2017 - 2:24pm

American Jewish Congress President Jack Rosen released the following statement:

"The American Jewish Congress welcomes the intervention by President Donald Trump following the rise in anti-Semitic incidents that have taken place across the country. The recent incidents have been extremely worrying and it is important that the President and his administration take the lead in the fight against anti-Semitism. We would like to encourage President Trump to make racism in all its forms a priority and to ensure that he speaks out in the strongest possible terms against this unacceptable stain on our society."

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Friday, February 17, 2017 - 7:01pm
American Jewish Congress President Jack Rosen and Vice President Dr. Munr Kazmir issued the following statement:
 
"The American Jewish Congress condemns the horrific terrorist attack that took the lives of 75 people and injured more than 200 people at the 800-year-old shrine of Qalandar Lal Shahbaz in Sehwan Pakistan. Thousands were gathered with their families, including their children, to joyfully celebrate the ritual of sufi dance, ‘Dhamal’, when a suicide bomber entered the shrine and blew himself up. Hospitals are in state of emergency, as rescue efforts endure to assist the wounded. Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of all those murdered and injured in this attack."
 
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Wednesday, February 15, 2017 - 3:53pm

Ahead of David Friedman’s confirmation hearing this week as US Ambassador to Israel, Jack Rosen, President, Dr. Munr Kazmir, Vice President, and Dr. Ben Chouake, Secretary of the American Jewish Congress made the following comment:

“The American Jewish Congress is looking forward to David Friedman’s congressional hearing tomorrow.

"We have worked tirelessly over the years to build bridges between Israelis and Palestinians, but now is the time to send a strong message to stop Palestinian incitement and murdering of Jews. Naming Friedman by new Trump Administration is surely a signal that its no more business as usual. Ambassadors do not make policy, but they effectively communicate the message from the President. Mr. Friedman will represent a different approach to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict than we have seen in the past and we hope the U.S. Senate Committee have a fair hearing and approve his appointment.

“Not everyone will agree with Mr. Friedman’s positions on settlements and moving the embassy, but we feel strongly that a new approach is required to change the behavior of the international community and the Palestinian Authority.  The Palestinians have not been serious about the Peace Process for many years and have been working to undermine the State of Israel both on the international stage, as well as through incitement of hatred and acts of violence against Israelis. The Palestinians and the international community need to understand that diplomatic terrorism has consequences. This move by the new administration is perhaps only a natural reaction to previous events and we hope it will bring a fresh approach to longstanding issues.”

 

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Monday, February 13, 2017 - 3:32pm

Commenting on Prime Minister Netanyahu’s visit to the United States, American Jewish Congress President Jack Rosen made the following statement:

"The American Jewish Congress welcomes the visit to the United States by the Prime Minister of Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu. This will be the first visit by Prime Minister Netanyahu to the United States since the inauguration of President Donald Trump. The visit provides the opportunity to re-establish and further strengthen the long-standing strong relationship between the United States and Israel based on shared values and co-operation in many different areas.

“Prime Minister Netanyahu and President Trump have both expressed disapproval for the Iran Deal that was struck by the previous Obama Administration. We hope that this visit will present an opportunity for the two leaders to discuss how to ensure that Iran never obtains a nuclear weapon.

"We hope President Trump and Prime Minister Netanyahu will discuss the role of the United Nations, especially with regard to its actions regarding the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict and particularly in the aftermath of the Anti-Israel United Nations Security Council Resolution 2334. We welcome the statement by Ambassador Nikki Haley prior to her swearing in as US Ambassador to the United Nations when she said she 'would not go to New York and abstain when the UN seeks to create an international environment that encourages boycotts of Israel.’

"The United States and Israel have a strong trading relationship which has increased since the U.S-Israel Free Trade Agreement came into force in 1985. This trading relationship reaches across many industries and we strongly encourage the two leaders to take actions to further strengthen these ties.

"The American Jewish Congress is heartened by the fact that President Trump has seen fit to invite Prime Minister Netanyahu as one of the first world leaders to visit him at the White House. We hope that the discussions that will take place between the two leaders will lead to the relationship between the United States and Israel to be further strengthened."

 

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Wednesday, January 18, 2017 - 2:59pm

American Jewish Congress President Jack Rosen and Vice President Dr. Munr Kazmir released the following statement:

“On behalf of the American Jewish Congress, we would like to express our gratitude to the Government of the United Kingdom for its strong and principled diplomatic efforts to stand with Israel and the Jewish community. By choosing not to sign the communique of the Paris Peace Conference, which was negotiated without the presence of either party involved in the conflict, the British Government has made a clear policy decision. This choice continues a process that began with the Prime Minister’s speech after UN Security Resolution 2334, and the UK is now looking to prevent unfair and inappropriate conduct towards Israel. This is particularly important during the final days of the presidential transition period in the United States, when we know that the incoming administration has indicated a very different approach to the incumbent.

“The American Jewish Congress is clear that the only way that peace can be advanced in a fair and proper manner is by direct, bi-lateral negotiations, between Israel and the Palestinians.

“We would also like to take this opportunity to thank the British government for its commitment to ensuring a fair and balanced narrative is presented within the United Kingdom, especially in a political context which is often set against Israel.”

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Tuesday, January 17, 2017 - 3:28pm

American Jewish Congress President Jack Rosen issued the following statement:

“The American Jewish Congress congratulates Antonio Tajani on his election as President of the European Parliament.

“The AJCongress looks forward to working with Mr Tajani during his stewardship of the European Parliament to further strengthen the strong relationship between Israel and the European Union.

“Throughout his time in the European Parliament, Mr Tajani has been a strong supporter of Israel. Notably, Mr Tajani’s led a delegation of industry associations and company representatives from EU countries to Israel, to strengthen business relations between the EU and Israel.

“The AJCongress hopes that Mr Tajani will continue his strong support for Israel in his new role and we look forward to working with him in the future.”

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