Spearheading human rights and security
AJC has had a long and deep relationship with the Czech people.
AJC’s Jacob Blaustein Institute helped support the Czechoslovak human rights movement in the 1970s. And in 1997, AJC was the first Jewish organization to advocate NATO admission for Czechia, along with Hungary and Poland.
Indeed, Vaclav Havel, the first president of Czechia, once stated, at a formal White House lunch given in his honor by President Clinton: "Let me acknowledge those who have substantially contributed to the creation of an order of security and peace in Europe, such as the American Jewish Committee."
Today, AJC maintains a formal partnership agreement with the Federation of Jewish Communities in Czechia, and AJC’s Warsaw-based Shapiro Silverberg Central Europe Office and Brussels-based Transatlantic Institute engage regularly with Czech officials.