How Iran Targets the Baha’i
Iranian systematic violations of human rights are well-known. It is increasingly difficult for individuals, whether human rights lawyers, public figures, journalists or religious leaders, to speak openly. At any moment, they may be whisked away to detention, subjected to unfair trials and torture, sentenced to lengthy terms in Iran’s notorious prisons, or worse—between July 2013 and June 2014, the regime executed 852 people.
More than any other religious and ethnic group, the 300,000-member Baha’i community has borne the brunt of government discrimination. Since Baha’is are not recognized as a religious minority and are instead considered members of a subversive political group, their blood can be spilled with impunity.
Seven years ago this week, the regime sent an intimidating message to the Baha’is of Iran when it...
Israel and Germany: A Most Unlikely Partnership
This week we are celebrating 50 years of diplomatic relations between Israel and Germany. What sounds like an ordinary anniversary is in fact the culmination of a most extraordinary relationship. In Israel’s early years, its leaders had to battle deep public skepticism about Germany, while German leaders struggled with widespread anti-Semitism in the country. Let’s view some milestones of the unlikely partnership that developed between Israel and Germany.
1. In 1952, Israeli Foreign Minister Moshe Sharett and German Chancellor Konrad Adenauer signed the “Luxembourg Agreement,” which initiated a program of reparation payments from Germany to Israel, and to individual Holocaust survivors. AJC leaders played a key role in helping bring about this agreement. There were strong protests in Israel against accepting these funds, which some felt would be seen as “compensation” for...
4 Things You Should Know About the Bipartisan Anti-BDS Bill
Trade promotion authority (TPA) legislation pending in both houses of Congress would pave the way for the largest trade pact in history, the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), and the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). The TPA bill grants the president the authority to negotiate both these agreements while allowing Congress to vote to approve or reject the final agreement.
1. What Does This Have to Do With Israel?
In both houses of Congress, the relevant committees have voted (unanimously in the Senate and by voice vote in the House) to include in their respective TPA bills an important provision backed by both Democrats and Republicans regarding Israel. The provision, supported by AJC, would make it a principal trade negotiating objective of the United States...