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.
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.
“As Iran's plans to sell drones to Russia for Moscow's war against Ukraine demonstrate, we must believe and tackle all our enemies,” points out Daniel Schwammenthal, Director of the AJC Transatlantic Institute. In recent weeks, the revelation that Russia is seeking to purchase Iranian drones to use in its war against Ukraine has set off alarm bells from Brussels to Washington. These reports come as Russian President Vladimir Putin, who has become increasingly isolated due to the war, visited Iran as part of a summit with Iranian leaders and Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.
“We never stopped dreaming, we never succumbed to the obstacles in our path, and we never took no for an answer when it came to overcoming decades of chill in the Cyprus-Greece-Israel links,” stresses AJC CEO David Harris in a wide-ranging interview with Kathimerini, the influential Greek daily newspaper. The Greece-Israel-Cyprus alliance, for which AJC has long advocated, is one of the most important developments in the Eastern Mediterranean.
AJC is Dismayed that the EU Failed to Act against Antisemitic Incitement in Palestinian Textbooks Supported by EU Funds
The AJC Transatlantic Institute is dismayed that the EU failed to condition at least some of its €214 million annual funding to the Palestinian Authority (PA) on ending incitement in its textbooks.
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.
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.
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.
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.