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2012-07-19 06:23:58

BAKU, Azerbaijan, July 19, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- An AJC delegation concluded a two-day visit to Baku, Azerbaijan. This was the global Jewish agency's third visit to the nation since 2008 and fourth meeting with President Ilham Aliyev. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20100816/AJCLOGO) In addition to the hour-long session with the President at his dacha, the delegation was also received by Foreign Minister Elmar Mammadyarov; Chair of the State Committee on Diaspora Affairs...

2012-07-18 10:23:45

NEW YORK, July 18, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- AJC deplores the deadly terror attack on a group of Israelis in Burgas, Bulgaria. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20100816/AJCLOGO) A bus carrying some 40 Israeli tourists, most of them reportedly teenagers, was struck near the airport by a suicide bomber. At least seven Israelis are dead, and another 27 injured. "This latest attack is another deadly reminder of the true nature of the enemies of Israel -- and of all who value...

2012-07-18 06:26:08

NEW YORK, July 18, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- AJC called on the Knesset to censure one of its members for desecrating the Christian Bible. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20100816/AJCLOGO) MK Michael Ben-Ari of the National Union Party, in his Knesset office, tore pages from the New Testament as he condemned the Christian holy book for fostering anti-Semitism. "MK Ben-Ari's extremist views and actions are outrageous," said AJC Executive Director David Harris. "The photograph...

2012-07-12 10:23:19

NEW YORK, July 12, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- AJC, convinced that Israel's presence in the West Bank is based on solid legal ground, called on the Israeli government to reject the recommendations of the Levy Commission as a distraction from the ongoing quest for a negotiated two-state solution. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20100816/AJCLOGO) "It's clear to us that Israel's role in the West Bank does not fit the standard legal definition of 'occupation,'" said AJC Executive...

2012-07-12 10:22:59

NEW YORK, July 12, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- AJC marks the 18th anniversary of the terror attack on the AMIA Jewish community center in Buenos Aires--the deadliest terrorist attack against a Jewish target in the Diaspora in decades--with a call to the international community to aid Argentina in bringing the Iranian and Hezbollah perpetrators to justice. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20100816/AJCLOGO) "Those governments truly committed to combating international terrorist...

2012-07-06 10:21:20

NEW YORK, July 6, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- AJC commends the Presbyterian Church (USA) decision to reject divestment from three companies doing business with Israel. The divestment resolution was narrowly defeated by two votes (333-331) last night in a divisive debate at the PCUSA's biennial General Assembly in Pittsburgh. An amended resolution which called for "positive investment" and urged interfaith collaboration supporting development that could lead to a future Palestinian state,...

2012-07-05 06:21:35

NEW YORK, July 5, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A 17-year-old Jewish student, on a train from Toulouse to Lyon, was attacked and badly beaten last night. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20100816/AJCLOGO) He is a student at the Ozar HaTorah school in Toulouse, the scene of a deadly terrorist attack in March that left three children and one teacher dead. The young man was wearing a visible Star of David around his neck when the brazen assault on the train took place. In...

2012-06-29 06:25:11

NEW YORK, June 29, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- AJC is deeply disappointed with UNESCO's decision to designate the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem an "endangered site." The UNESCO World Heritage Committee approved the Palestinian request to add the church to its list of sites in danger. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20100816/AJCLOGO) "UNESCO regrettably accepted in October 'Palestine' as a full member, and now is compounding that error by endorsing the Palestinian...

2012-06-29 06:24:22

NEW YORK, June 29, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- AJC praised the growing number of governments calling for a "moment of silence" at the upcoming Olympics in London in memory of the 11 Israeli athletes murdered 40 years ago. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20100816/AJCLOGO) The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has never held an official memorial during the Olympics, and last month rejected requests to do it at the July 27 opening ceremony for the 2012 games. "The 11 victims...

2012-06-27 10:22:57

BERLIN, June 27, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- AJC criticized a German court's ban of circumcision as an infringement on private religious practice. A district court in Cologne ruled that circumcision is acceptable only when performed as a medical necessity. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20100816/AJCLOGO) "We are deeply concerned about the court's lack of understanding of basic religious freedom," said AJC Berlin Director Deidre Berger. "This decision throws into question...