AJC Urges Thorough Congressional Scrutiny of Iran Deal 

July 14, 2015 – New York – The announcement today of a deal between the P5+1, led by the United States, and Iran on its nuclear program culminates intense and difficult negotiations spanning several years.

“President Barack Obama was determined, against all the odds, to see if such an accord was possible," said AJC Executive Director David Harris. "The dedicated efforts of Secretary of State John Kerry, joined by Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz, Under Secretary of State Wendy Sherman, and other government officials, turned his vision into a reality."

“Given the immensely high-stakes nature of the agreement, its layers of complexity, the many probing questions that have been asked about it by experts in the field, including what happens to Iran's nuclear program upon the expiration of the deal, and the dangerous nature of the regime, it is now incumbent on the United States Congress, pursuant to the provisions of the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act of 2015, to thoroughly review, debate, and, ultimately, vote it up or down,” Harris added.

“That process should be driven by one central question: Will the deal enhance the security of the United States, our allies in the Middle East, and the world? If so, then it should be supported. If not, then it must be opposed. This may be the single most important foreign policy issue of our generation to come before legislators in Washington. As a nation, we absolutely must get it right. This agreement ought to be weighed on its merits only – nothing more, nothing less.”  Click Here to Read More.

AJC-LA PRESS RELEASE: AJC Applauds California Legislature Action on Campus Anti-Semitism  

July 13, 2015 – Los Angeles – AJC applauds the California State Legislature resolution urging “each University of California (UC) campus to adopt a resolution condemning all forms of anti-Semitism.”  The bipartisan resolution, sponsored by State Senator Jeff Stone (R-Riverside County), unanimously passed the Assembly today, after the State Senate unanimously passed it in May.

“We applaud the California Legislature for unanimously passing this important resolution,” said AJC Los Angeles Regional President Dean Schramm. “Anti-Semitism must be confronted without any equivocation, for it threatens not only Jews but the values Americans cherish. We join with the Members of the California State Senate and Assembly in urging the UC Board of Regents and all UC campuses to swiftly adopt resolutions condemning anti-Semitism and to work toward a more secure and friendly environment for Jewish students.”  Click Here to Read More.

AJC-LA Honors Scott A. Edelmen with Prestigious Learned Hand Award 

On the evening of June 3, 2015, the Los Angeles Regional Office of the American Jewish Committee (AJC) honored Scott A. Edelman, Partner at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP, with the prestigious Learned Hand Award at the SLS Hotel in Beverly Hills. Over 300 people were in attendance.

The Learned Hand Award was established by AJC in memory of Judge Learned Hand, Senior Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit from 1924 to 1951. Judge Hand was famous for an extensive range of decisions in over 2,000 cases. The Learned Hand Award is presented to outstanding leaders in the legal profession who exemplify the principles for which Judge Learned Hand was renowned.

AJC Executive Director David Harris delivered the keynote address. Hon. Victoria Gerrard Chaney, Associate Justice, Division One California Second District Court of Appeal, presented the Learned Hand Award to Edelman.  Click Here to Read More.

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