NEW YORK, Sept. 19, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- AJC criticized a full-page ad, headlined "Tell President Obama: Enough. It's time to stand with Israel," in today's New York Times. The ad was sponsored by a group called Emergency Committee for Israel.
"Let me be absolutely clear, AJC is a strictly non-partisan advocacy organization," said AJC Executive Director David Harris. "But we cannot be silent. This ad is highly objectionable, indeed counter-productive, to its stated aim of supporting Israel. As the UN session begins and high diplomatic drama is expected, to choose this moment to assail the Obama administration, when it laudably has announced its intention, come what may, to block Palestinian ambitions in the Security Council and work against a Palestinian-initiated resolution in the General Assembly, makes us wonder what are the true goals of the sponsoring group."
"Moreover, the U.S. will be absent from the tenth anniversary commemoration of the ignoble Durban Conference, which devolved into an anti-Israel, anti-Semitic hatefest, yet another welcome step by our country," added Harris.
"AJC is a 501c3 organization that neither supports nor opposes legislation or candidates for elected office," Harris concluded. "But we do endorse policies we agree with and oppose those we don't when those policies impact AJC's urgent mission. In that spirit, we appreciate the administration's determined efforts at the UN these days to support Israel, stand up to Palestinian brinkmanship, and show no tolerance for anti-Semitism."
SOURCE American Jewish Committee