Statements

Tuesday, May 23, 2017 - 12:34pm

In response to the terror attack in Manchester, 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 following the atrocious terror attack yesterday evening. This was an attack on defenceless teenagers, enjoying themselves in what should have been a safe and secure environment. That so many have lost their lives is devastating and heart-breaking. “We send our thoughts and prayers to the victims of the attack.”

 

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Monday, May 22, 2017 - 11:06am

Reacting to President Trump’s speech in Riyadh, Jack Rosen President of the American Jewish Congress said:

"Speaking to leaders from across the Muslim world, it was important that President Tump addressed the growing threats from terrorism and extremism which have threatened America, Europe and the Middle East. For there to be stability across the Arab world it is vital that there is religious tolerance, by encouraging countries to take control of the fight against extremism themselves, President Trump is increasing the chances of a lasting peace. The US cannot fight this battle alone and it is important for individual States to realise the role they must play. President Trump was correct to address the “common values and shared interests” that the United States shares with its Saudi allies and others in the region. As I have witnessed first-hand, the countries of the Gulf, the United States and Israel have many mutual interests and concerns and remember there is an opportunity to build a positive relationship that benefits all parties.

"The Jewish community has been the target of religious terrorism both in Israel and across the world. It is incredibly poignant that President Trump specified his desire to stand with the Jewish community in the fight against terrorism and his statement will help build bridges between the Jewish and Muslim community. As President Trump now makes his way to Israel, the American Jewish Congress hopes that he will be able to continue to create a positive atmosphere of dialogue which can lead to progress in the fight against Islamic State as well as the Israeli-Palestinian peace process."

 

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Tuesday, May 9, 2017 - 9:48am

In response to Mr. Macron being elected as President of France, American Jewish Congress President Jack Rosen, Vice President Dr. Munr Kazmir and Secretary of the Organization DrBen Chouake released the following statement:

“The American Jewish Congress congratulates Mr. Macron on his historic election as President of France.

"This election result signifies a victory for tolerance and moderation and comes at a critical time for France and its Jewish community, the third largest Jewish community in the world.

"We look forward to working with President Macron on shared issues concerning the Jewish communities in the US and France in the near future.”

 

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Thursday, April 27, 2017 - 12:36pm

President of the American Jewish Congress Jack Rosen issued the following statement in response to UNESCO's latest decision to vote next Tuesday on a resolution rejecting Iseaeli sovereignty over greater Jerusalem:

“UNESCO latest efforts to rewrite Jewish history and completely deny any religious significance of the Cave of the Patriarchs in Hebron and Rachel’s Tomb in Bethlehem is extraordinary. That it then goes further and attacks Israel for the killing of children in Gaza while not commenting on the violence that Israel endures only serves to increase instability in the region.

“Rather than ensuring that Judaism is preserved, time and again this organisation votes on anti-Semitic resolutions and seeks to undermine Israel. It has lost all credibility. I therefore welcome President Tump’s intervention on this matter and hope that he will be successful in stopping this motion from passing.”

 

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Wednesday, April 26, 2017 - 4:27pm

"The American Jewish Congress welcomes President Trump’s speech marking Holocaust Remembrance Day. We are encouraged by his pledge “to confront anti-Semitism,” and to “stamp out prejudice.” It is vital that the President sets the tone on this important matter and ensures that we are all working to fight anti-Semitism in all its guises.

"It was particularly pertinent that this was announced at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum which commemorates one of the most atrocious and horrific incidents in Jewish history. His comments show that he is beginning to understand the drivers of anti-Semitism, how offensive Holocaust denial is and why anti-Zionism is often anti-Semitic.

"We look forward to working with President Trump as we face these issues and ensure that America’s Jewish communities continue to thrive."

 

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Wednesday, April 26, 2017 - 11:14am

In response to Israel’s Justice Ministry reportedly denying a U.S. Justice Department request to extradite the Israeli-American teen charged with making threats against Jewish Community Centers throughout the United States, President of the American Jewish Congress Jack Rosen issued the following statement:

"The American Jewish Congress calls for the suspect who threatened Jewish Community Centers (JCCs) in America and across the world to be deported from Israel to the United States of America as soon as possible.

"Many of the high-profile attacks took place in the U.S. It is the incidents in America that gained the most exposure, and it is vital that we are able to try the perpetrator. Israel has worked with the USA over many years to stop anti-Semitism. Nothing would send a stronger message to those who are planning anti-Semitic attacks than to extradite the teenager and allow the trial to take place in front of the world’s media. As things stand, the danger is that it appears that Israel has something to hide if the alleged offender is tried in Israel under a gagging order, as is currently the case.

"Anti-Semitism has no place in society anywhere in the world. Over the last few months there have been significant incidents of anti-Semitism here in the United States. It is time for us to make a stand, and the trial would be an important first step in showing the public that America takes a tough line on anti-Semitism."

 

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Friday, April 21, 2017 - 9:58am

In response to the terror attack in Paris yesterday, American Jewish Congress President Jack Rosen and Vice President Dr. Munr Kazmir issued the following statement:

“The American Jewish Congress stand in solidarity with the people of Paris in the aftermath of the terror attack which took place yesterday. This is the second time in less than a month where police officers, those who stand to protect the citizens of their country, have been targeted in this sad and shocking manner.

“These kind of attacks are becoming seemingly more frequent and demonstrate the dangers of radical Islamic terror. Around the world, we must unite to combat hate, protect our values and encourage stability.

“We send our thoughts and prayers to the victims of this attack.”

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Wednesday, April 19, 2017 - 12:34pm
"Mr Jack Rosen, President of the American Jewish Congress, was pleased to have the opportunity to meet with UN Secretary General, Antonio Guterres. Mr Rosen and The American Jewish Congress are proud they have had strong and constructive relationships with previous UN Secretary Generals and look forward to working with Secretary General Guterres in the coming months."
 
“The meeting was particularly important following anti-Israel UN Resolution 2334 and provided an opportunity to discuss relevant issues. The AJ Congress has long advocated that improved dialogue between Arab countries and Israel should be part of a wider regional approach to finding a solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict."
 
“As an organisation we continue our important engagement with the UN, and look forward to further discussing and addressing some current worrying elements surrounding Israel and the Middle East.”

 

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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.”

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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