"The AJC remains indispensable. No one understands more clearly the need for vigilance and the danger of silence."
—Madeleine Albright, U.S. Secretary of State (1997-2001)
"By the time my organization was founded, yours had already spent nearly four decades as an advocate for Jewish civil rights and for human dignity in the broadest sense."
—Kofi Annan, UN Secretary-General (1997-2006)
"The American Jewish Committee has been a significant presence at the United Nations from the beginning."
—Kofi Annan, UN Secretary-General (1997-2006)
"The commitment of AJC to healing the world is one of the few things in this awful genocidal century that gives me hope."
—Thomas E. Bird, Professor, Queens College, CUNY
"I am constantly in awe of the work of the American Jewish Committee."
—Tom Brokaw, anchor, NBC Nightly News (1982-2004)
"The AJC has been the place of leadership and excellence not just for preserving the rule of law, but for protecting human dignity. You have been a leader in the world; you have been a beacon for many of us."
—Louis J. Freeh, Director, Federal Bureau of Investigation (1993-2001)
"For many decades, the AJC has provided out-standing leadership in implementing our great American ideal of equal rights and opportunity for all regardless of religion or place of birth or color. I proudly associate myself with you."
—John F. Kennedy, 35th President of the United States (1961-1963)
"These deeds demonstrate for all Americans that the struggle for equal rights is not the Negro's alone-but is, as you early disclosed, part of the fulfillment of this country's highest and most cherished ideals. By recognizing this, you are honoring the truth that all life is interrelated and all men are interdependent. You are recognizing in the true spirit of our Judeo-Christian heritage that the agony of the poor diminishes the rich and that the salvation of the weak enriches the strong; and that we are inevitably our brother's keeper."
—Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr.
"Professional hatemongers have an immensely sophisticated and formidable enemy in the American Jewish Committee."
—Deborah Lipstadt, Professor, Emory University
"It has been the genius and insight of AJC to grasp that the best defense of Jewish interests is one firmly allied to universal standards of decency."
—Nita Lowey, U.S. Congresswoman from New York
"The American Jewish Committee symbolizes much of what is best about America. Through its extraordinary commitment to pluralism and intergroup dialogue, and its constant willingness to tackle the tough issues, AJC reflects the founding values of this country: religious tolerance, freedom of expression, and the recognition that democracy is the single greatest guarantor of liberty."
—Glenn Lowry, Director, The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
"AJC offices all over the world have been my strongest supporters and my most helpful allies."
—Jacqueline Murekatete, Survivor of Rwandan Genocide
"Without the AJC, we would not be able to stand up as we have....I consider the AJC to be a big brother. When we are attacked, as we have been in the past few years, it is good to know that the people from AJC are there for us."
—Ariel Muzicant, President, Austrian Jewish Community
"AJC's actions are very much part of the real answer to the tragedies of the world."
—John Cardinal O'Connor, Archbishop of New York (1984-2000)
"The American Jewish Committee is unique - in its dynamism, its credibility, its consistency, its breadth and reach, and its influence. I admire its work in America, in the Middle East, in Europe, and around the world. Indeed, I rely on AJC's truly vital work."
—Ana Palacio, Spanish Foreign Minister (2002-2004)
"AJC is notable for all its work having a solid intellectual basis.
—Martin Peretz, Former Editor-in-Chief, The New Republic
"This great organization occupies a very special place in my heart. You are our country's pioneer human relations organization. Yours is a most impressive record of accomplishments."
—Ronald Reagan, 40th President of the United States (1981-1989)
"The American Jewish Committee is one of the world's most influential Jewish interest groups."
"The American Jewish Committee has been a clear and consistent voice for human dignity and a powerful force for freedom and justice around the globe.
"AJC has been speaking up for the rights of the oppressed for nearly a century in the corridors of power and in the public arena, in a Cold War contested abroad, and in a great struggle for civil rights here at home.
"This mission continues today as you reach out to help rebuild Jewish communities in new democracies in Central and Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union."
—Condoleezza Rice, U.S. National Security Advisor (2001-2005)
"The American Jewish Committee is the dean of American Jewish organizations."
—The New York Times
"Civil rights are not easily attained, and once attained they are easily lost. The preservation and extension of civil rights will depend in a large measure on such organizations as the American Jewish Committee, which throughout its history has championed the cause of tolerance and in so doing has contributed to strengthening American democracy."
—Harry S. Truman, 33rd President of the United States (1945-1953)
"With ACCESS, AJC has cracked the magic formula to make young leadership work at a traditional organization."
"AJC reflects Judaism's most inspiring values. Your constant search for thoughtful, measured positions enables your organization to win wide respect."
—François Zimeray, French Ambassador for Human Rights
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