American Jewish Committee

AJC, NIF share a concern: Israeli democracy

I can't recall many times when the American Jewish Committee and the New Israel Fund have been on the same page on a critical issue involving Israel, but it happened this week.

AJC Urges Knesset to Rescind Investigation Vote

01/06/2011

(JTA) -- The American Jewish Committee called on Israel's Knesset to reconsider its decision to form a parliamentary committee to investigate Israeli groups critical of the country's military.

“The Knesset’s action today contravenes the democratic principles that are Israel’s greatest strength,” said AJC Executive Director David Harris in a statement released Wednesday. “Israel’s vibrant democracy not only can survive criticism, but it also thrives and is improved by it.”

After U.N. Votes for Durban III, Battle Lines Are Drawn

12/28/2010
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(JTA) – When the original U.N. anti-racism conference, held in Durban, South Africa in 2001, devolved into an anti-Israel hate fest, Jewish groups around the world were caught unawares.

So when the Durban Review Conference was called for Geneva in 2009, Jewish activists started their fight early, convincing numerous countries to boycott the conference, dubbed Durban II, effectively blocking it from becoming a repeat of Durban I.

Some reflections on Richard Holbrooke, and a contrast with Kissinger

Update: the Washington Post has "clarified" its earlier report on Richard Holbrooke's last words. Read it here.

Argentina Joins Brazil in Recognizing Palestinian State

12/06/2010

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (JTA) -- Argentina has recognized a Palestinian state within the 1967 borders, according to a note sent from President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner to Mahmoud Abbas.

Kirchner on Monday sent the note to Abbas, the Palestinian Authority president, announcing that her government recognizes Palestine as a free and independent state within 1967 borders and according to what the parties determined during the negotiation process.

Children Evacuated From Israel’s North Get Chanukah Activities

12/05/2010

JERUSALEM (JTA) -- Hundreds of children evacuated from communities in Israel's north will participate in Chanukah activities run by the Jewish Agency.

The activities announced will include outings and performances in the center of the country.

The activities are being run in coordination with the relevant government authorities and in cooperation with the Migdal Or Association and the Noar Ha`oved ve Halomed youth movement.

Pro-immigration forces' worst nightmare about to come true

 If you're among that Jewish faction – formerly a majority, now we're not so sure – that favors fairly liberal immigration policies and sees comprehensive immigration reform including a path to citizenship for some here illegally as a political priority, your worst nightmare is about to come true.

Midnight At Rachel's Tomb: Kind Of A Hush About Islamic Claim That Kever Rachel & Kotel Are Now Mosques

 

If you needed any more evidence that the Jewish left is really advocating surrender to the Palestinians instead of peace with the Palestinians, check out the reaction of the Jewish left to the Palestinian claim that Rachel's Tomb and the Kotel (Western Wall) are really mosques.

There's been almost no reaction at all.

Jewish Groups Slam Anti-African Refugee Decrees

11/15/2010

JERUSALEM (JTA) -- U.S. Jewish groups condemned rulings by rabbis in the Israeli city Bnei Brak that ban residents from renting apartments to African refugees.

The Anti-Defamation League on Monday called the decrees issued last week in the haredi Orthodox city "biased pronouncements." Six leading haredi rabbis in Bnei Brak issued a ruling that follows a similar call in July by rabbis in nearby Tel Aviv.

Generation Gap On Intermarriage Views

You probably won’t be surprised by one of the key findings of a new study, since it confirms what many of us have been observing for awhile: Jewish leaders in their 20s and 30s are much less concerned about intermarriage than are older Jewish leaders.

But you may be surprised that the person (dispassionately) reporting this trend is Jack Wertheimer, a Jewish Theological Seminary professor and frequent contributor to Commentary, in a study for the Avi Chai Foundation.

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