AJC Joins LA City for Rally Against Terrorism


AJC joined hundreds of southland residents at LA City Hall on Sunday, January 11th in a solidarity rally honoring the victims of terrorism in France. The vigil included speeches by elected officials, diplomats and community leaders, including Axel Cruau, Consul General of France in Los Angeles, Israel's Consul General David Siegel, Frederic Lefebvre, Member of the French National Assembly, California State Assembly Member Richard Bloom, LA City Councilman Tom LaBonge, and AJC LA Regional Director Rabbi Mark Diamond. Consul General Cruau told the crowd, "The terrorists will not succeed." In his remarks, Rabbi Diamond noted that the fight against terrorism is a "war of values and ideas. We must work together to ensure that the ideals we cherish -- democracy, freedom of expression, freedom of religion, and the value of human life -- will prevail." 

AJC Discusses Strengthening Transatlantic Ties and Combatting anti-Semitism with Senior German Bundestag Member

On December 29th, 2014, AJC Los Angeles met with The Honorable Peter Beyer, a Member of the German Bundestag. Hon. Beyer is a member of the Bundestag's Committee on Foreign Affairs where he serves as Parliamentary Special Rapporteur on Transatlantic Relations. The participants of the meeting included Dr. Bernd Fischer, the Consul General of Germany in Los Angeles, Lee Ramer, co-founder of AJC’s Lawrence and Lee Ramer Institute for German-Jewish Relations, Rabbi Mark Diamond, Director of AJC’s Los Angeles Region, Siamak Kordestani, Assistant Regional Director, and Marla Abraham, Director of Development. AJC, Hon. Beyer, and Consul General Fischer discussed strengthening transatlantic ties, effective policy responses to anti-Semitism in Europe, as well as efforts toward a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

AJC Denounces Palestinian Move for ICC Membership

December 31, 2014 -- New York -- AJC denounced Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas’s application for International Criminal Court (ICC) membership as an unconscionable blow to the peace process.

Abbas announced today at a Ramallah rally celebrating the 50th anniversary of his Fatah party that he had signed the Rome Statute, the ICC founding treaty, a day after the PA had failed to garner the nine votes needed for the UN Security Council to adopt a Palestinian resolution.

“Mahmoud Abbas has done his utmost to sabotage the path to a sustainable two-state solution,” said AJC Executive Director David Harris. “In the eight months since Abbas tragically walked away from U.S.-sponsored direct peace talks with Israel, Palestinian leadership has energetically sought to internationalize the conflict, sideline Israel, resort to incitement, and antagonize the United States. This Palestinian strategy is a surefire prescription for extended conflict, not for peace.” CLICK HERE TO READ MORE

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