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08/12/2022

220 Lawmakers from Europe and North America Urge Terror Listing of Iran’s IRGC

December 8, 2022 – Brussels – Today, 220 lawmakers from Europe, the United States, and Canada urged Western democracies to designate Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) and its proxies, such as Hezbollah, as terrorist organizations. The legislators’...

03/10/2022

AJC Transatlantic Institute Welcomes First EU-Israel Association Council in Over a Decade

Brussels – 03 October 2022 – The AJC Transatlantic Institute warmly welcomes that the EU-Israel Association Council, last convened in 2012, was finally held today in Brussels.

 “The AJC Transatlantic Institute has long advocated for reconvening the Association Council with Israel for...

25/09/2022

47 Years on the Jewish Front Lines: A Gratifying Life

"Time and again, the impossible has become possible. Despite the unrelenting threats, the Jewish people are better off, more free, and more secure in 2022 than in 1975." AJC CEO David Harris reflects in a Jerusalem Post column on the lessons learned after nearly 50 years on the Jewish front lines.

22/09/2022

AJC Honors UN Special Rapporteur Ahmed Shaheed for Leading UN Action on Combating Global Antisemitism

Dr. Ahmed Shaheed, former UN Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Religion or Belief, received AJC’s prestigious Jan Karski Award, named after the renowned Polish diplomat who sought to focus world attention on the Nazi Final Solution against the Jewish people. “This is an award that belongs to very few living people who can match the standards of Jan Karski. You are one of them,” said AJC CEO David Harris, who knew Karski well during the last 15 years of his life.

16/09/2022

Large AJC Delegation, on Weeklong Arabian Gulf Visit, Marks Abraham Accords Anniversary and Opening of AJC Abu Dhabi Office

Over the past two years, the world has witnessed growing bilateral ties, advancing and yielding tangible benefits from Arab-Israel peace. To celebrate the second anniversary of the Abraham Accords and the official opening earlier this year of AJC Abu Dhabi, a delegation of 80 AJC leaders from across the United States traveled this month to the UAE and were joined by Emirati government officials, members of the diplomatic corps, business leaders, and members of the local Jewish community.

15/09/2022

AJC, Lufthansa Announce Joint Initiative to Combat Global Antisemitism

After Orthodox Jewish passengers were barred from a flight this past May, German airline Lufthansa has turned to AJC to train its employees to identify and respond to antisemitism. AJC strongly criticized the incident at the time. At AJC’s urging, the airline has since endorsed the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) Working Definition of Antisemitism.

13/09/2022

The Abraham Accords Inspired a Daring New Path for the Middle East

Who would have predicted security cooperation between Israel and Bahrain, defense cooperation between Israel and Morocco, or the free trade agreement between the UAE and Israel? In this commentary for The Times of Israel, AJC Chief Policy and Political Affairs Officer Jason Isaacson highlights the miraculous feats made possible in the two years since the ceremonial signing of the Abraham Accords.

25/07/2022

Biden’s Middle East Visit: An Alternative View

"Biden declared clearly that the U.S. does not intend to leave a Middle East vacuum to be filled by Russia, China, and Iran," reports AJC Abu Dhabi Director Marc Sievers in the Arab Weekly, offering key takeaways on President Biden’s first visit to the Middle East as president.

21/07/2022

AJC Deplores Belgium-Iran Deal to Release Iranian Terrorist

Brussels – 21 July 2022 – The AJC Transatlantic Institute deplores the Belgian Parliament's ratification of a Prisoner Exchange Deal with Iran, which will likely see the transfer and release of convicted terrorist Assadollah Assadi. 

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18/07/2022

AJC Warmly Welcomes the Renewed EU-Israel Association Council After 10 Years

Following a Foreign Affairs Council between the 27 member states, the EU's decision to finally relaunch the Association Council with Israel, meant to ensure continuous political dialogue and deepen bilateral ties, was long overdue after a ten-year break. AJC has long urged governments and diplomats to resume the high-level ministerial talks that were last held in 2012 and had not been reconvened since due to the opposition of certain countries.