Counterpoint: Middle East News Round-Up
In this column for Religion News Service, AJC CEO David Harris explains that the fundamental problem with the Amnesty International report is that it tries to show that Israeli Arabs, who have full citizenship and serve alongside Jewish citizens as ambassadors, doctors, and judges in the Supreme Court, are subject to what Amnesty labels “apartheid.” The brazen lies are nothing more than a false narrative that seeks to delegitimize the lone Jewish-majority state in the world.
On February 1st, Amnesty International-UK presented an unbalanced, inaccurate, and incomplete review accusing Israel of forcing the Palestinians in the “Occupied Palestinian Territories,” and in Israel itself, to live with “cruel segregation, dispossession and exclusion”. This libelous document resorts to baseless ‘apartheid’ accusations against Israel commits a double injustice: It fuels those antisemites around the world who seek to undermine the only Jewish country on earth, while simultaneously cheapening and downplaying the horrific suffering that was a result of apartheid in South Africa. AJC exposes the report’s most glaring biases and myths, and why they couldn’t be further from the truth.
The United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Israel stunned the world when they signed the Abraham Accords. While reflecting on the first anniversary of the deal with Morocco, AJC's Jason Isaacson notes in Newslooks the accords were only the "logical next step in a process that had been gaining momentum for decades."
A new initiative sponsored by American Jewish Committee (AJC) and the Mimouna Association is bringing together for the first time a group of young Americans, Israelis, and Moroccans to deepen understanding and build cooperative relationships.
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On October 22nd, the Israeli Ministry of Defense designated six Palestinian NGOs as terror groups, operating under the cover of civil society organizations, but constituting an arm of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP), blacklisted by the EU, U.S., Canada and Israel. While the European Parliament failed to hear Israel's voice on the matter, and rather gave a platform to one of the newly-designated terror groups’ representative, Swedish MEP David Lega of the EPP Group sat down with AJC Transatlantic Institute Director Daniel Schwammenthal and issued a powerful call for moral clarity.
Continuing AJC’s 25-year-plus engagement with regional governments and building on the breakthrough of the 2020 Abraham Accords - the normalization agreements between Israel and two Gulf states, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain, - as well as warming ties with Oman, the leadership delegation concluded a week of consultations with government ministers and other senior officials, policy analysts, and civil society and business leaders, covering a wide array of topics, from combating extremism and regional threat, to promoting interfaith dialogue, and the further strengthening of economic, political, and cultural ties.
Interviewed by Europe’s largest-circulation newspaper BILD, AJC CEO David Harris covers a wide range of current issues, including Germany-Iran ties, Germany-Israel relations, COVID-19 conspiracy theories, and Holocaust relativization.
After the launch of the Transatlantic Friends of Israel (TFI) inter-parliamentary group in the EU Parliament in July 2019, the first national chapter opened on October 13 in the Austrian parliament, under the leadership of Chair MP Martin Engelberg and the support of lawmakers from the Greens, the Social-Democrats and NEOS, the liberal party. With over 150 parliamentarians from both sides of the Atlantic as members, the growing TFI network is the first-ever cross-party friendship caucus specifically committed to strengthening the trilateral partnership between the U.S., Israel, and Europe.
At the sidelines of the General Assembly of the United Nations, the 2001 Durban conference was meant to unite countries in the fight against racism. Instead, it became an antisemitic hate fest. While its ugly legacy has fueled Jew-hatred for over two decades, 30+ countries decided to skip the anniversary event last month. Gilad Erdan, Ambassador of Israel to the United States and the United Nations, and Joëlle Fiss, Author of The Durban Diaries, joined AJC’s Felice Gaer and Simone Rodan-Benzaquen for a timely conversation on Durban’s ugly legacy.
The historic Abraham Accords were preceded by years of behind the scenes work trying to bring Israel and Gulf countries closer together. In his JNS column, AJC Chief Policy and Political Affairs Director Jason Isaacson reveals how AJC played a crucial role in these developments by meeting prominent Gulf leaders since the 1990s.