Highlights from Sebastian Kurz's Keynote Speech on EU-Israel Relations and Jewish Life in Europe
The COVID-19 pandemic has breathed new life into centuries-old antisemitic conspiracy theories. Everywhere opponents of COVID-19 safety measures are pushing the false narrative that these policies are comparable to the anti-Jewish policies of Nazi regime before and during the Holocaust. AJC Director of Media Relations Ken Bandler sets the record straight in The Jerusalem Post: These comparisons are deeply offensive and desecrate the memory of victims and survivors.
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."
Thirty years ago, the UN General Assembly revoked Resolution 3379, which equated Zionism with racism. In a column for The Times of Israel, AJC Director of Diplomatic Affairs Aaron Jacob reveals how that decision still reverberates three decades later in shaping anti-Israel narratives within the UN.
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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At the conclusion of the Holocaust and World War II, the German Federal Republic adopted the slogan “Never Again,” the obligation to fight antisemitism in all its forms, as well as the commitment to fight for and defend the existence of the Jewish state. These cornerstones of German policy still exist today, but after more than 70 years, they are increasingly under a spotlight. What does the rise of antisemitism and extremism mean for the Jewish community in Germany? And what does Germany’s growing political and economic weight in the 21st century mean for German history? Join AJC and Tablet Magazine as they answer this question and more.
Recent years have seen rising antisemitism on the streets, in schools, on college campuses, and expressed by elected officials across the political spectrum. As Hanukkah is a profound symbol of the resilience of the Jewish people, AJC experts joined the Shine a Light on Antisemitism campaign, a global movement to raise awareness of Jew-hatred and empower individuals to stand against it, and mitigate ignorance.
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.
German media coverage of incidents and events in and around Israel frequently gives cause for debate and irritation, pens AJC’s Berlin Annina Fichtner in Belltower News. Earlier this month, reports of a Hamas-affiliated terrorist who murdered a 26-year-old South African Israeli, and seriously wounded several others, dangerously reversed the perpetrator-victim narrative. Headlines such as “Israel: One Palestinian Shot Dead” without mentioning neither the Israeli victims nor the Islamist ideology of the martyrdom-seeking gunman, undermine basic journalistic standards, one of the cores of our democratic societies.
Over the last 20 years, France has seen not only rising antisemitism, Islamism, and challenges of integrating significant parts of its Muslim population, but also growing political polarization, all of which have tested the strength of France's Republican model. Join AJC and Tablet Magazine for an in-depth conversation exploring nuances of French society and the challenges that it faces in a changing world.