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2014-03-17 16:24:42

NEW YORK, March 17, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- AJC announces the publication of Exit Berlin: How One Woman Saved Her Family from Nazi Germany. Authored by Charlotte Bonelli, director of AJC Archives, and published by Yale University Press, Exit Berlin offers unique insights into Nazi Germany and the Holocaust from the perspective of one young German Jewish woman. http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnvar/20100816/AJCLOGO "Always illuminating, full of moral tension and high drama,...

2014-02-06 16:24:35

NEW YORK, Feb. 6, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- AJC is challenging the Presbyterian Church (USA) commitment to Israeli-Palestinian peace, following the publication of Zionism Unsettled: A Congregational Study Guide. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20100816/AJCLOGO) This study guide, billed by the church as an educational resource, was produced by the Israel Palestine Mission Network (IPMN), one of the church's educational arms. "It is a devastating distortion of Jewish...

2014-01-31 20:20:30

NEW YORK, Jan. 31, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- AJC urged the Obama Administration to approve the Keystone XL pipeline, following the release today of the State Department's long-awaited environmental impact statement. The report concluded that the pipeline will have little impact on global climate change. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20100816/AJCLOGO) "AJC has long advocated for the Keystone XL pipeline because it is critically important for U.S. energy security,...

2014-01-31 16:22:44

NEW YORK, Jan. 31, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- AJC applauds Scarlett Johansson for her resignation as Oxfam International ambassador. The humanitarian aid group criticized the award-winning actress for teaming up with an Israeli company, SodaStream, as its spokesperson. A SodaStream TV ad featuring Johansson is slated to air during the Super Bowl on Sunday, but already has gone viral on the Internet. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20100816/AJCLOGO) "Bravo to Ms....

2014-01-11 08:20:14

NEW YORK, Jan. 11, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- AJC mourns the death of former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20100816/AJCLOGO) "With the passing of Ariel Sharon, a defining chapter in Israel's history goes with him," said David Harris, executive director of AJC, the global Jewish advocacy organization. "He was a man of towering strength, uncompromising commitment, steely determination, and creative vision." The full AJC statement...

2014-01-09 12:25:42

NEW YORK, Jan. 9, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- AJC condemned a Bangladeshi court decision to sentence Salah Uddin Shoaib Choudhury, editor of the Weekly Blitz, to seven years in prison for attempting to visit Israel more than a decade ago and for "harming the country's interests" through his articles. The paper is the largest tabloid English-language weekly in Bangladesh. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20100816/AJCLOGO) "Shame on Bangladesh! Shoaib Choudhury is a voice...

2013-12-19 20:20:49

NEW YORK, Dec. 19, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- AJC is dismayed by the Huffington Post homepage headline on Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ) posted today. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20100816/AJCLOGO) The headline states "Saboteur Sen. Launching War Push," suggesting that the chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, a leading supporter of a new bipartisan initiative to ready new sanctions on Iran, is unpatriotic and advocating for reckless military...

2013-12-19 12:27:42

NEW YORK, Dec. 19, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Twenty years ago the UN General Assembly established the position of UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, a position that AJC's Jacob Blaustein Institute for the Advancement of Human Rights successfully advocated for, in order to advance the promise of the UN Charter and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20100816/AJCLOGO) On the occasion of the UN's top human rights position's...

2013-11-30 12:21:20

NEW YORK, Nov. 30, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- AJC Executive Director David Harris issued the following statement on the passing of Israeli Ambassador (ret.) David Peleg: "We mourn the loss of our dear friend, David Peleg, who passed away this week in Israel at the age of 71, after valiantly battling an unforgiving illness. "I first met David more than 25 years ago, when he was the Minister of Public Affairs at the Israeli Embassy in Washington. For me, it was respect and...

2013-11-10 12:21:21

BERLIN, Nov. 10, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Deidre Berger, director of the AJC Berlin Ramer Institute, is urging the German government to launch a concerted effort to restitute art stolen by the Nazi government from its rightful owners. Her call for action, in an interview with the online German newsmagazine Fokus, comes in the wake of the discovery in a Munich apartment of more than 1,400 paintings and artworks confiscated or purchased under value by Nazi officials. Most of the...