Highlights from Sebastian Kurz's Keynote Speech on EU-Israel Relations and Jewish Life in Europe
"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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
"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.
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.
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.
“In the spirit of the historic Abraham Accords, today’s Saudi announcement is a significant example of normalization that will further advance the promise and reality of Arab-Israeli peace,” said AJC CEO David Harris. The announcement came as President Biden ended his visit to Israel and flew directly to Jeddah for meetings with Saudi and Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) leaders. As Biden noted, “Saudi Arabia’s historic decision to open its airspace for all civilian planes, including those flying to and from Israel, is an important step towards building a more integrated and stable Middle East region.”