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. 

5 Flaws in the Iran Deal 

 - Support for Terror;

 - The So-Called “Right to Enrich”;

 - Weak Inspections Protocol

 - Nondisclosure of the Possible Military Dimensions of Past Nuclear Work; and,

 - Lifting of Ballistic Missile and Conventional Arms Restrictions.

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AJC on the Iran Nuclear Deal

August 5, 2015 – New York -- AJC Executive Director David Harris issued the following statement today on the P5+1 deal with Iran:

When the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) was announced in Vienna on July 14, AJC issued a press release indicating that we would first study the full text and its implications, and then take a position on the deal, as the U.S. Congress launched into its 60-day review period.

Over the past three weeks, AJC engaged in a very intensive, open-minded, and thorough process of external consultations and internal deliberations, involving many lay and staff leaders.

During this effort, we had the privilege of meeting privately with, first, Secretary of State John Kerry, and, later, Under Secretary of State Wendy Sherman, both of whom visited our New York headquarters. We also had the opportunity to speak with Democratic and Republican Members of Congress; diplomats from Europe, the Arab world, and Israel; and respected analysts knowledgeable about both nuclear diplomacy and Iran-related matters. And we were invited to participate in discussions in Washington with President Barack Obama and Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz. We are grateful for all these opportunities. 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.

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