AJC Meets with Congresswoman Norma Torres in Ontario

AJC leader Monica Taher joined Ira Handelman, the Vice President of AJC LA, and Assistant Director Siamak Kordestani in meeting with Congresswoman Norma Torres in her Ontario, California, district office on April 9th, 2015. The Congresswoman is serving her first term in Congress and serves on the House Homeland Security Committee. The AJC leaders and the Congresswoman discussed the importance of the growing Latino-Jewish relationship locally and nationwide. AJC has worked to expand that relationship through the Latino-Jewish Congressional Caucus and advocacy for comprehensive immigration reform. The AJC leaders and the Congresswoman also discussed how Congress can help counter the expanding threat of anti-Semitism in Europe and around the world as well as conduct oversight of the P5+1 nuclear negotiations with Iran.  

AJC Meets with Congressman Pete Aguilar in Rancho Cucamonga 

On April 3rd, Ira Handelman, the Vice President of the American Jewish Committee's Los Angeles Region, Immigration Task Force Chair Doris Haims, and Assistant Director Siamak Kordestani met with Congressman Pete Aguilar in his Rancho Cucamonga office. Congressman Aguilar is a member of the House Armed Services Committee. The AJC LA leaders discussed how Congress can help counter the expanding threat of anti-Semitism in Europe and around the world as well as conduct oversight of the P5+1 nuclear negotiations with Iran. Additionally, AJC LA leaders and the Congressman discussed promoting Latino-Jewish relations and, in particular, AJC's work in expanding that relationship through the Latino-Jewish Congressional Caucus and advocacy for comprehensive immigration reform.  

AJC Statement on Tentative Iran Nuclear Deal

April 2, 2015 – New York – AJC issued the following statement after the announcement of a framework nuclear deal between the P5+1, led by the United States, and Iran:

“We appreciate the determined efforts of the U.S. team, spearheaded by Secretary of State John Kerry, and joined by the other five countries in the negotiating process with Iran, and can only begin to imagine the time and effort that has gone into these very difficult and complex negotiations,” said AJC Executive Director David Harris, who has followed the Iran nuclear issue for more than 15 years.

“Like so many, we earnestly hope for a diplomatic solution that will be durable and ensure the prevention of Iran's nuclear ambitions,” he continued. “Yet, we are fully cognizant that, as President Obama stated, ‘the work is not yet done and success is not guaranteed.’”

Given the nature of the Iranian regime, its pattern of seeking to deceive the international community on its nuclear program, its support for global terror and its regional hegemonic ambitions, its repeated calls for a world without Israel, and its clandestine weapons efforts, AJC is deeply concerned about whether Iran will abide by any undertaking it makes, and if any inspections regime will be sufficient to monitor Iran's full compliance.  CLICK HERE TO READ MORE.

AJC Praises University of California Leaders Response to Anti-Semitism on Campus 

March 13, 2015 -- New York – In a letter to University of California President Janet Napolitano and Board of Regents Chairman Bruce D. Varner, AJC has praised the UC leaders for their unequivocal condemnation of recent anti-Semitic incidents at UCLA and UC Davis.

Napolitano and Varner, in a joint statement, condemned expressions of bigotry, particularly anti-Semitism, directed against any members of the university community and reaffirmed the universal responsibility to preserve “bedrock values of respect, inclusion and civility.”

The UC leaders specifically referred to recent incidents at UCLA where students tried to block a Jewish student from serving on the campus Judicial Board, and at UC Davis where a Jewish fraternity was defaced with anti-Semitic graffiti.  CLICK HERE TO READ MORE.

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