AJC Hails Anti-BDS Component of U.S. Trade Bill 

June 29, 2015 – New York -- AJC applauds the U.S. Congress for passing, and President Obama for signing into law the Trade Promotion Authority (TPA)—a landmark bill that paves the way for the largest trade pact in U.S. history, the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)—which includes an important anti-BDS (Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions) provision.

AJC, the global Jewish advocacy organization, is active through its Asia Pacific Institute in strengthening ties to countries in the region.

Under the TPA, the United States will discourage its trading partners from taking actions that could prejudice or discourage commercial activity between the United States and Israel, and seek the elimination of state-sponsored boycotts against Israel and an end to compliance with the Arab League boycott of Israel.

“It is essential that the United States—and other countries—stand firm against the BDS movement’s vicious and counterproductive efforts to delegitimize the state of Israel” said Richard Foltin, AJC Director of National and Legislative Affairs. 

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.

AJC Global Forum Highlights

World leaders, U.S. policymakers, and AJC leaders from around the country convened in Washington from June 7th to 9th for Global Forum 2015. 


Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe

 In a historic video message, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe spoke to the AJC Global Forum audience. Introduction by Jeffrey Stone, Chair of AJC's Asia Pacific Institute.

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