Highlights from Sebastian Kurz's Keynote Speech on EU-Israel Relations and Jewish Life in Europe
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."
Thirty years ago, the UN General Assembly revoked Resolution 3379, which equated Zionism with racism. In a column for The Times of Israel, AJC Director of Diplomatic Affairs Aaron Jacob reveals how that decision still reverberates three decades later in shaping anti-Israel narratives within the UN.
German media coverage of incidents and events in and around Israel frequently gives cause for debate and irritation, pens AJC’s Berlin Annina Fichtner in Belltower News. Earlier this month, reports of a Hamas-affiliated terrorist who murdered a 26-year-old South African Israeli, and seriously wounded several others, dangerously reversed the perpetrator-victim narrative. Headlines such as “Israel: One Palestinian Shot Dead” without mentioning neither the Israeli victims nor the Islamist ideology of the martyrdom-seeking gunman, undermine basic journalistic standards, one of the cores of our democratic societies.
Interviewed by Europe’s largest-circulation newspaper BILD, AJC CEO David Harris covers a wide range of current issues, including Germany-Iran ties, Germany-Israel relations, COVID-19 conspiracy theories, and Holocaust relativization.
After the release of AJC's landmark 2021 Antisemitism Report, and its troubling findings, Avi Mayer, Managing Director for Public Affairs, explains in this must-read piece in USA Today that "the time has come for Americans of all backgrounds to realize that antisemitism is multifaceted and that no group or community is immune to it."
The historic Abraham Accords were preceded by years of behind the scenes work trying to bring Israel and Gulf countries closer together. In his JNS column, AJC Chief Policy and Political Affairs Director Jason Isaacson reveals how AJC played a crucial role in these developments by meeting prominent Gulf leaders since the 1990s.
Will EU Member states and other democracies finally end the systemic discrimination against Israel at the UN? In a column for Newsweek, AJC TAI Director Daniel Schwammenthal and TFI Chair Lukas Mandl argue that apart from harming the world’s only Jewish State, the UN’s anti-Israel bias also hurts the organization itself. “The UN's own reputation is greatly damaged in the process—as are the many genuine victims of grave human rights violations around the globe. They are far too often neglected as the UN is busy pursuing its anti-Israel obsession”
One of Greece’s most prominent newspapers, Kathimerini, interviewed AJC CEO David Harris on the challenges the Eastern Mediterranean countries face, from Turkey’s belligerent behaviour to Islamist threats. Harris hailed the vibrant and strategic trilateral alliance between Greece, Cyprus and Israel, a crucial partnership long supported by AJC, as contributing to peace in the region.
The conference of Durban IV, celebrating the legacy of the 2001 conference that turned into an anti-Israel hate fest, sees more participants drop out, says AJC Europe Managing Director Simone Rodan-Benzaquen in New Europe. More recently, Germany joined the Netherlands, the Czech Republic and the U.S. in withdrawing from the conference, citing the risk of repeated abuse of antisemitic expressions and the disproportionate and unilateral attention to Israel.