AJC Los Angeles Regional Office
Scott A. Edelman Named New President of AJC’s Los Angeles Region
May 24, 2016 – Los Angeles – Yesterday, Scott A. Edelman was elected Regional President of AJC Los Angeles at the organization's 71st Annual Meeting & Luncheon. Edelman succeeds Dean Schramm, who finished his term and will now serve as Chairman of AJC Los Angeles.
Edelman, a partner at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP’s Century City office, is the Chair of the firm’s national Pro Bono Committee and a Co-Chair of its Media, Entertainment and Technology Practice Group. In 2015, Edelman participated in a senior AJC diplomatic mission to Ukraine, Azerbaijan, Cyprus, and Israel with AJC Chief Executive Officer David Harris. Edelman was nominated to and participated in the April 2016 AJC-Konrad Adenauer Foundation Exchange program in Germany. AJC Los Angeles honored Edelman with the prestigious Learned Hand Award in June 2015.
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AJC Praises U.A.W. International Public Review Board’s BDS Decision
May 20, 2016 – Los Angeles – AJC Los Angeles praises the United Auto Workers (UAW) International Public Review Board decision affirming last year’s nullification of a pro-BDS resolution passed by the University of California Student-Workers UAW Local Union 2865 in December 2014. The local union represents graduate student workers at all University of California campuses.
“We applaud the Public Review Board for declaring that UAW Local 2865 had no authority to subvert the UAW International’s position opposing the BDS Movement,” said Dean Schramm, President of AJC’s Los Angeles Region. “The UC Graduate Student Union’s role is to improve the working conditions of UC graduate students, not to engage in polarizing political propaganda and misinformation promoted by the BDS movement, which seeks to delegitimize Israel's right to exist.” Please click here to read more.
AJC Applauds Introduction of California Bill Opposing Boycotts of Israel
April 4th, 2016 – Los Angeles -- AJC applauds the introduction of the California Combatting BDS Act of 2016 (AB 2844), which would prohibit California from entering into contracts with companies that boycott Israel. Assemblymember Richard Bloom authored the bill and is joined by several Assemblymembers and State Senators from across the state in introducing the legislation.
California is the latest state in which legislation has been introduced against the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement which seeks to delegitimize and isolate Israel. State legislatures that have passed anti-BDS legislation include Colorado, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, New York, and South Carolina. Please click here to read more.
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Looming Presbyterian Assault on Israel
The PCUSA has historically devoted excessive attention to Israel and is now about to drift further away from constructively advancing Israeli-Palestinian peace.
Three Lessons From Orlando
We need to grasp the essential fact that our enemy is a worldwide belief system that views our civilizational values as worthy targets -- and uses terrorism to advance its goals.
"They called us spoils of war just because of our faith," 15-year-old Samia said of her ISIS captors. "What happened to the Yazidis is genocide."
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