Highlights from Sebastian Kurz's Keynote Speech on EU-Israel Relations and Jewish Life in Europe
AJC Abu Dhabi is our first office in an Arab or majority-Muslim state. AJC Chief Policy and Political Affairs Officer Jason Isaacson writes in the Jerusalem Post what this groundbreaking office means for the future of Arab-Jewish relations.
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.
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.
As the COVID-19 pandemic has breathed new life into centuries-old antisemitic conspiracy theories, AJC Paris released a historic poll on the state of antisemitism in France. Exceptional by its size, the survey includes the perceptions of respondents of both Muslim and Jewish faith and culture, as well as an overall sample representing the French population as a whole according to various criteria. The poll reveals widespread concern about rising antisemitism, with 74% of French Jews saying they have been victims of acts of Jew-hatred at least once in their lifetime.
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.
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.
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."