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AJC-LA: Boycott Actions by UC Student-Workers Union Undermine Middle East Peace
December 10, 2014 – Los Angeles – AJC (American Jewish Committee) Los Angeles denounces the passage of the pro-Boycott, Divestment & Sanctions (BDS) resolution by the University of California Student-Workers Union (UAW Local 2865), which calls for the University of California and the UAW International to divest from companies doing business in Israel and for a boycott of Israeli academic institutions.
Acting in opposition to its own UAW Regional Leadership, which just last month reaffirmed its 2007 Statement in Opposition to Divestments from or Boycotts of Israel, the UAW Local 2865 resolution passed today hurts the chances for a sustainable Israeli-Palestinian peace by promoting a one-state solution.
“We deplore the vote of the UC Student-Workers Union in support of this resolution,” said Dean Schramm, President of AJC’s Los Angeles Region. “Singling out Israel bespeaks an insidious double standard. Where are the calls for divestment from autocratic states such as Syria, Sudan, or Iran, which routinely violate human rights?” Schramm asked. CLICK HERE TO READ MORE.
AJC Statement on Immigration Reform
November 21, 2014 -- New York -- AJC has long supported comprehensive immigration reform that at once secures the nation’s borders and offers a humane alternative to the limbo in which 11 million undocumented immigrants find themselves. Though various bipartisan proposals to achieve that goal have been made, none, regrettably, has made it through Congress.
At this critical juncture, we underscore, as we have in the past, the urgent moral -- and practical -- need to bring undocumented immigrants out of the shadows. The continuation of the status quo is an unsustainable policy, and does not comport with American values to respect and defend human dignity. No matter where one stands on administrative action, the Administration and the Congress should make it the utmost priority to work together in fashioning comprehensive bipartisan legislation that will provide for a permanent fix to our broken immigration system.
High-Level Officials from Poland Meet with AJC Los Angeles Leaders
On Monday, November 17th, 2014, AJC Los Angeles leaders and staff members hosted a brunch and meeting with high-level officials from Poland in Los Angeles, California. AJC LA President Dean Schramm led the meeting. AJC Los Angeles board member and past chapter president Peter Weil sponsored the event at Hillcrest Country Club.
The delegation was visiting Los Angeles for a business conference and a series of meetings and programs, including a celebration of the 96th anniversary of Polish independence. The meeting with AJC Los Angeles was the first official program on their itinerary. CLICK HERE TO READ MORE.
AJC Jerusalem Director Avital Leibovich Speaks at Los Angeles Synagogue on Israel’s Security Challenges
On Tuesday, November 4th, 2014, AJC Jerusalem Director Lt. Col. (Res.) Avital Leibovich addressed a large and engaged audience at Adat Ari El, a Conservative synagogue in the San Fernando Valley.
The event – called “Does the Middle East Need Another Failed State?” – focused on the many hurdles Israel faces as it continues to pursue peace with the Palestinians. The special program was cosponsored by AJC Los Angeles, Adat Ari El, and Temple Beth Hillel, a Reform congregation in Valley Village. CLICK HERE TO READ MORE.
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