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.

 

AJC WELCOMES JOINT FRENCH, GERMAN, ITALIAN STATEMENT ON ANTI-SEMITISM

July 22, 2014 -- New York -- AJC welcomed today’s powerful statement on European anti-Semitism by the foreign ministers of France, Germany and Italy.

“At a time when ‘Death to the Jews’ chants can be heard at public gatherings in European capitals, allegedly in protests against Israel, the bold, timely and unambiguous words of the three foreign ministers send a strong message that should be embraced by all EU member states,” said AJC Executive Director David Harris. "Now the challenge will be to translate the clear words into equally clear actions. Threats to Europe's Jews threaten Europe's core values and very future."

"Anti-Semitic agitation and hostility against Jews, attacks against people of Jewish faith and against synagogues have no place in our societies,” declared Ministers Laurent Fabius of France, Frank-Walter Steinmeier of Germany, and Frederica Mogherini of Italy.  CLICK HERE TO READ MORE.

 

ARCHBISHOP HOVNAN DERDERIAN HOSTS JEWISH AND ARMENIAN LEADERS

His Eminence Archbishop Hovnan Derderian, Primate of the Western Diocese of the Armenian Church, hosted Jewish and Armenian community leaders at a gala dinner on July 24, 2014 at the Diocesan Cathedral Center in Burbank.

The program and reception were in appreciation of a statement issued by AJC in commemoration of the 99th anniversary of the Meds Yeghern, the Genocide of Armenians.

 

AJC CALLS ON EU MINISTERS TO CONVENE A SPECIAL MEETING ON ANTI-SEMITISM

July 21, 2014 – Brussels -- AJC calls on the European Union to convene an extraordinary meeting of Justice and Home Affairs Ministers to address the wave of violence against Jews across Europe.

“From Berlin to Paris, from London to Brussels, we are once again hearing the blood-curdling screams of ‘Death to the Jews’,” said AJC Executive Director David Harris, who has been cited by ten European countries for his work in human rights. “Ministers responsible for security and combating anti-Semitism should meet urgently to deal with this poisonous hatred that threatens not only Jews, but the very societies that comprise the EU.”

Moreover, Harris called on the 28 EU foreign ministers, who are slated to meet in Brussels tomorrow, to “unequivocally and unanimously condemn the targeting of Jews in the streets of Europe.”  CLICK HERE TO READ MORE.

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