Highlights from Sebastian Kurz's Keynote Speech on EU-Israel Relations and Jewish Life in Europe
McGill University’s student government condemned a Jewish student leader for accepting an invitation to travel to Israel and the Palestinian Territories, but said nothing about his fellow student who isn’t Jewish. The victims of BDS, it seems, are the students and the state of higher education in North America, argues AJC’s Global Director of Young Leadership Seffi Kogen in The Forward. After all, when it comes to Israel, “illiteracy becomes a virtue, and students who seek to learn are ostracized and shamed.”
Who better to weigh in on antisemitism than Jews? AJC Chief Advocacy Officer Daniel Elbaum presents in The Times of Israel AJC’s just-released landmark survey of U.S. Jews: 84% believe the statement “Israel has no right to exist” is indeed antisemitic. Over 80% said the BDS (boycott, divestment, and sanctions) movement is mostly antisemitic or has antisemitic supporters.
A first in the world body’s history, a UN human rights expert issued a report dealing exclusively with antisemitism. Writing in The Times of Israel, Felice Gaer, head of AJC's Jacob Blaustein Institute, praised the historic report for confronting antisemitism as a human rights problem. It urges all UN countries to adopt the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) definition of antisemitism, including Holocaust denial and the rejection of Israel’s right to exist.
In his latest article in New Europe, AJC Transatlantic Institute Director Daniel Schwammenthal unmasks the patently antisemitic Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement. The group seeks nothing less than the de-facto dismemberment of a UN Member State: “Irrespective of whether that state in question is Jewish or say, Irish, to call for its end cannot possibly be considered a “legitimate political position.”
Germany’s leading weekly news magazine Der Spiegel faced heavy criticism for publishing a piece entitled ‘Lobbying in the Bundestag: How Two Organizations Control Germany’s Middle East policy.’ AJC Berlin’s Assistant Director Remko Leemhuis writes in The Algemeiner that the article - light on facts and rife with anti-Jewish tropes - is eroding the post-war consensus on antisemitism in Germany.
On 18 July we marked the seventh anniversary of the Hezbollah suicide bombing in Burgas, Bulgaria that killed six people. If Europe is serious about combating antisemitism, the global terror group Hezbollah must be stopped in its tracks, argues Michael Sieveking, Deputy Director of the AJC Transatlantic Institute, in New Europe.
The lessons of the 1967 Six-Day-War are today as relevant as ever. AJC CEO David Harris, writing in the Times of Israel, leafs through the history of Israel’s second existential war of self-defence, dotted as it is with the Arab world’s many missed opportunities to create a Palestinian state and make peace with Israel.
Writing in New Europe, AJC Transatlantic Institute Deputy Director Michael Sieveking argues that NATO and Israel are right to deepen their mutually-beneficial relations. The political-military alliance can tap into Jerusalem’s unique expertise, such as counter-terrorism and cybersecurity, while forging even closer intelligence ties that have already saved countless lives in the West.
AJC Miami Director Brian Siegal reflects in the Miami Herald on his three-week journey to five European countries with the GMF’s Marshall Memorial Fellowship. The relationship between Europe and the U.S., based on shared values and interests, remains essential in addressing today’s challenges.
Fueled by the discoveries of natural gas in the Eastern Mediterranean, Greece, Cyprus, and Israel are forging an alliance of like-minded Western democracies that deserves U.S. support. AJC CEO David Harris and Endy Zemenides, head of the Hellenic American Leadership Council (HALC), make the case in the Times of Israel that the “steel and coal of the 21st century” might even usher in a new era of peace and security in the region.