Highlights from Sebastian Kurz's Keynote Speech on EU-Israel Relations and Jewish Life in Europe
On CNN Newsroom, Sebastian Rejak, Director of AJC’s Warsaw-based Shapiro Silverberg Central Europe Office, discussed the ongoing and AJC-supported refugee and relief efforts in Poland, documenting for viewers the size and scope of the situation and sharing how AJC’s #StandwithUkraine emergency fund has helped. Rejak showed viewers stirring images of the recent solidarity mission to the Poland-Ukraine border led by AJC CEO David Harris.
For the past 40 years, AJC CEO David Harris has been a leading advocate for strengthening Israel’s place in the community of nations, deepening ties with key countries, and advancing Israel’s quest for enduring peace and security. Tune in to hear Harris discuss why Israel is central to the Jewish people, AJC, and Jewish advocacy.
Following months of military buildup on its border with Ukraine, on February 24, Russian President Vladimir Putin launched a sweeping invasion of its ex-Soviet neighbor threatening to crush the sovereignty of a nation and destroy the post-Soviet European order. What led us to this moment? How will the European Union, the United States, and the greater global community respond? AJC Europe Director Simone Rodan-Benzaquen, Polish Foreign Minister (2007-2014) and Member of European Parliament Radosław Sikorski, POLITICO Chief Europe Correspondent Matt Karnitschnig, and Atlantic Council Eurasia Center nonresident fellow Vladislav Davidzon shared their insights.
For many years, AJC CEO David Harris was active in one of the most successful human rights campaigns in modern history, the Soviet Jewry movement, where he served as the national coordinator for Freedom Sunday. The 1987 demonstration in Washington, D.C. that drew over 250,000 participants remains the largest Jewish gathering in American history. Watch David Harris presents the Soviet Jewry campaign as a case study for effective advocacy.
By denouncing and attempting to uniquely criminalize Jewish self-determination, Amnesty International’s latest report accusing Israel of apartheid has earned a place of dishonor in the annals of antisemitism. AJC Transatlantic Institute Director Daniel Schwammenthal joined the Hudson Institute's Center for Peace and Security in the Middle East, for a virtual international panel discussion on the document’s objective to delegitimize the lone Jewish-majority state in the world.
In late January, American Jewish Committee (AJC) released its 2022 Survey on Antisemitism in France, the largest and most comprehensive of its kind ever conducted. The troubling results, reported by both Jewish and non-Jewish respondents, underscore the persistence of prejudice targeting Jews. Watch AJC Europe Managing Director Simone Rodan-Benzaquen and AJC Paris Director Anne-Sophie Sebban-Bécache, in conversation with AJC Chief Advocacy Officer Belle Yoeli for an in-depth analysis of the report’s findings and what they mean for efforts to combat antisemitism in France.
On January 27th 2022, the AJC Transatlantic Institute, the Mission of Israel to the EU and NATO, and the European Office of the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung jointly commemorated International Holocaust Remembrance Day. Prominent guests included Vice-President of the European Commission for Promoting the European Way of Life Margaritis Schinas, European Commission Coordinator on Combating Antisemitism Katharina von Schnurbein, and Belgian Holocaust Survivor Regina Sluszny who shared her poignant testimony.
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.