AJC Los Angeles and Faith Leaders Hold Luncheon and Conversation with the Consul General of Israel in Los Angeles

Thirty leaders from fifteen different denominations and faith communities joined AJC Los Angeles in a luncheon with the Consul General of Israel, David Siegel, in downtown Los Angeles on Wednesday, September 10th, 2014.
The bishops, clergy and other leaders represented the religious and ethnic diversity of southern California, including the Roman Catholic, Greek Orthodox, Episcopal, Evangelical Lutheran, Latino Evangelical, African Methodist Episcopal, Latter-day Saints, Baha’i, Methodist, Presbyterian and Jewish communities.
The Consul General discussed Israel’s security challenges and quest for peace, as well as Israel’s role in humanitarian and development work throughout the world. Faith leaders asked the Consul General questions and there was a lively discussion on the struggle for Middle East peace.   CLICK HERE TO READ MORE.

 

Deidre Berger Addresses AJC-LA on
Anti-Semitism in Europe

On Thursday, August 14, Deidre Berger, Director of AJC’s Lawrence and Lee Ramer Institute for German-Jewish Relations in Berlin, Germany, addressed via satellite a full room of AJC Los Angeles members at an AJC breakfast briefing.  The program opened with a compelling video created by AJC Berlin about the current status of anti-Semitic expressions in Germany and elsewhere in Europe. The video can be accessed here. Deidre spoke about the leadership the German government has shown in responding to anti-Semitic outbursts, its increasingly activist foreign policy, and the difficulty of translating the positive expressions coming from the top to grass-roots levels. 

Deidre also discussed the German-Israeli relationship, which she characterized as the linchpin for Israel’s relationship with the whole of Europe. She also spoke about the rise of anti-Semitism within the Muslim community, and disturbingly from more than just the political extremes in Germany. Berger stated the importance of sharing AJC's message with German travelers to Los Angeles, assisting AJC’s work with German diplomats, and increasing financial support for the work of the Ramer Institute which would allow it to further its impact on the ground.

 

AJC: UN Human Rights Council Condemns Israel, Absolves Hamas

July 23, 2014 – New York – AJC is dismayed by the adoption of a UN Human Rights Council resolution that sharply criticizes Israel, while totally absolving Hamas of any role or responsibility in the current conflict.

The vote took place in Geneva today. The resolution was adopted with 29 nations voting in favor, the United States opposed, and 17 countries, primarily from Europe and Africa, abstaining.

“For anyone interested in knowing what’s wrong with the UN’s preeminent human rights watchdog, today’s vote is the perfect illustration,” said AJC Executive Director David Harris.

“Because of the ‘automatic majority,’ Israel can’t get a fair hearing,” Harris continued. “Instead, Israel is held responsible for a conflict solely triggered by Hamas. That Hamas is a terrorist group that fires hundreds, if not thousands, of deadly missiles into Israel, that it seeks Israel’s annihilation, and that it uses its civilian population as human shields are all deemed immaterial. Shame on the UN Human Rights Council! Bravo to the United States for standing up for principle and integrity.  CLICK HERE TO READ MORE.

 

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