AJC Meets with a Senior Member of the German Bundestag 

AJC commends Jürgen Hardt, a senior Member of the German Bundestag and Coordinator of Transatlantic Cooperation, for his work in strengthening U.S.-German relations. Yesterday, AJC met with the Coordinator along with his Chief of Staff Henning Speck and the Consul General of Germany in Los Angeles, Hans Jörg Neumann. International Relations Co-Chairs Julie Bram & Eva Dworsky, Board Member Marjie Gross, Interim Director Gary Greenebaum, and Assistant Director Anna Prager hosted the German diplomats at AJC's Los Angeles Regional Office. Discussed were Germany's assistance to Syrian and other refugees, the 50th Anniversary of Israeli-German Relations, strengthening civil society ties between the U.S. and Germany, and the growing Israeli community in Berlin. AJC LA looks forward to working with the German Consulate General Los Angeles to further strengthen U.S.-German-Israeli relations. 

AJC Ad in Wall Street Journal on Unjust UN Treatment of Israel 

September 28, 2015 – New York – In a full-page ad in today’s Wall Street Journal, AJC is calling on world leaders to end the longstanding, endemic bias against Israel at the United Nations.

The ad, “How the UN Divides the World,” graphically lines up 192 UN member states on the left-hand side of the page and Israel alone on the right-hand side. This division is exactly how Israel is treated in the UN system, especially at the Geneva-based Human Rights Council.

Astonishingly, and defying all logic and truth, the Council has issued more condemnations of democratic Israel than of all other member states combined. It even dedicates an entire agenda item (#7) to scrutinizing Israel—the only state so segregated.  Please click here to read more

AJC Los Angeles Meets with New Consul General of France 

On Thursday, September 24th, AJC Los Angeles met with the new Consul General of France in Los Angeles, Hon. Christophe Lemoine. AJC LA has enjoyed many years of friendly ties to the French Consulate in Los Angeles, a partner in working toward combating anti-Semitism in France and throughout Europe. AJC International Relations Co-Chairs Julie Bram and Eva Dworsky and Assistant Director Anna Prager met with the Consul General at AJC's Los Angeles Regional Office. AJC LA is pleased to have established a foundation for a productive and warm relationship with the Consul General. Prior to his current role, the Consul General Lemoine was Head of Office in the Foreign Minister’s cabinet in Paris. 

AJC Meets with House Democratic Caucus Chairman Xavier Becerra

On September 2nd, 2015, Debbie Saidoff, AJC Board of Governors member, Ira Handelman, Vice President of AJC LA and Co-Chair of its Public Policy Committee, Brian S. Cohen, AJC member, Enid Lieber, Co-Chair of the AJC LA Intergroup-Interreligious Committee, and Siamak Kordestani, AJC LA Assistant Director, met with Congressman Xavier Becerra -- the Chairman of House Democratic Caucus -- in his Downtown Los Angeles district office. The AJC LA delegation thanked Congressman Becerra for his efforts to prevent a nuclear-armed Iran and his support for critical defense aid to Israel. AJC LA discussed BDS and anti-Semitism on campus, including the cases of Lauren Rogers and Rachel Beyda and as well as the recent moves by labor unions to join the BDS movement. The group discussed ways to expand cooperation and dialogue between Jewish and Latino communities locally. Congressman Becerra is the co-Chair of the Latino Jewish Congressional Caucus. 

AJC Los Angeles Meets with Congresswoman Linda Sánchez

AJC Los Angeles met with Congresswoman Linda Sánchez on August 21st to discuss a wide range of foreign and domestic policy issues including preventing a nuclear-armed Iran. Ira Handelman, Vice President of AJC & Co-Chair of Public Policy Committee, Shelley Rivlin, Co-Chair of Public Policy Committee, Monica Taher with AJC’s Latino-Jewish Task Force, Yonit Kovnator, AJC ACCESS Member, and Siamak Kordestani, Assistant Director of AJC’s Los Angeles Regional Office met with the Congresswoman in her Norwalk, California office. AJC thanked the Congresswoman, who chairs the Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC), for her longstanding support of the U.S.-Israel relationship. 

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