Congress Should Review Iran Deal 

March 24, 2015 - New York – The AJC weekly radio messages are broadcast on the CBS radio network, before The Osgood File. All AJC radio commentaries since 2001 are available at www.ajc.org/radiocommentary.

"Any nuclear deal with Iran would be a big deal, a very big deal. Here's the rub.
Iran resembles North Korea in many ways. It's dangerous and destabilizing. And it has no hesitation to lie and cheat.

That's why a growing chorus is urging America, the lead negotiator, to go slow and tread carefully. Most recently, nearly 85 percent of the House of Representatives, Democrats and Republicans alike, wrote to President Obama insisting on Congressional review of any deal.

And the French government warned against American overeagerness for an agreement. The Saudi foreign minister just weighed in to express his country's deep concern. Egypt and Israel have already voiced fear of a weak deal. And several former top government officials have also called for Congress to review any accord. At AJC, we, too, believe Congress needs to review what would be one of the highest-stakes deals ever. An awful lot hangs in the balance. This is David Harris of AJC."  CLICK HERE TO LISTEN

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.

AJC: World Powers Should Heed Israel’s Warnings on Iran 

March 3, 2015 – New York – AJC praised Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s clarion call for achieving the best possible deal to prevent a nuclear Iran.

Netanyahu's speech to a joint session of the U.S. Congress today came three weeks ahead of the March 24 deadline for a framework political agreement between the P5+1 and Iran, an accord that, if achieved, could lead to a permanent deal by the end of June.

During his 45-minute address, Netanyahu stressed the strength and closeness of the U.S.-Israel relationship, underscored the longstanding bipartisan nature of that link, and emphasized the robust support of the Obama Administration for Israel.  CLICK HERE TO READ MORE.

AJC and Archdiocese of Los Angeles Celebrate 50th Anniversary of Nostra Aetate  

On February 17th, 2015, over 200 attendees gathered at the Cathedral of our Lady of the Angels in Los Angeles, California, to attend “A Watershed Moment in Catholic-Jewish Relations: Marking the 50th Anniversary of Nostra Aetate.” The event was cosponsored by the American Jewish Committee’s Los Angeles Regional Office, the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles, and the Martin Gang Institute for Intergroup Relations, a joint venture of AJC Los Angeles and Loyola Marymount University Extension. The Archdiocese of Los Angeles is the single largest diocese in the United States with approximately five million members.

Rabbi David Rosen, the American Jewish Committee’s International Director of Interreligious Affairs and Dr. Eugene J. Fisher, specialist in Catholic-Jewish relations for three decades at the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, spoke about the history of Catholic-Jewish relations and the groundbreaking changes brought by Nostra Aetate, the Declaration on the Relation of the Church with Non-Christian Religions by the Second Vatican Council in 1965.

Father Alexei Smith, Ecumenical and Interreligious Officer of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, commenced the event with welcoming remarks. AJC LA Vice President and Co-Chair of the Interreligious-Intergroup Committee Daniel Inlender and Sister Angela Hallahan of the Archdiocese Department of Catholic Schools introduced the keynote speakers.  CLICK HERE TO READ MORE.

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