AJC Atlanta Regional Office
Take Action: The Genocide and Atrocities Prevention Act
On June 16, the commission of inquiry established by the UN Human Rights Council to investigate violations of international human rights law in Syria issued its report titled: “They Came to Destroy: ISIS Crimes Against the Yazidis.” The commission concluded that ISIS has committed genocide against Yazidis. Our collective memory, as Jews, of the nightmare of the Holocaust evokes deep empathy for the Yazidis, and keen recognition of the power that we - Americans and other members of the family of nations - have to aid them. Never again should genocide and other massive human rights violations be met with indifference. AJC and its Jacob Blaustein Institute have engaged in ongoing efforts aimed at naming, defining and punishing the crime of genocide. Encourage your Senator to support the Genocide and Atrocities Prevention Act of 2016, which works to prevent these acts and mitigate violence.
Local Interfaith Gathering of Solidarity with LGBTQ Community
Last week, representatives of religions from all across Fulton County, including the Islamic Speakers Bureau of Atlanta, Georgia Equality and AJC Atlanta's Dov Wilker, came together with members of the LGBTQ community to show solidarity in the wake of the Orlando massacre. Take a moment to read David Harris' article "Three Lessons from Orlando." The meeting was called for by Fulton County Commission Chairman John Eaves, and hosted by the Al-Farooq Masjid of Atlanta, the gold domed Mosque located along 14th Street. Click here to read the full article.
Mark Your Calendars
June 26 - Interfaith Iftar Dinner at the Instanbul Cultural Center @ 7pm
August 2 - Charla & Challah: The 2016 Elections from Latino and Jewish Perspectives
September 18-20 - Southeast Diplomatic Marathon
November 9 - National Human Relations Awards Dinner
75 Person Southeastern Delegation Participates in AJC's Global Forum
On June 5-7, in Washington, D.C., 75 delegates, including AJC lay leaders, ACCESS lay leaders and students, from across the Southeast joined over 2,700 participants to attend AJC's Global Forum. We are pleased to announce Matt Weiss, former Co-Chair of ACCESS Atlanta, was voted as the next Co-Chair of ACCESS Global! Mazel Tov, Matt! Participants had the opportunity to hear from a variety of speakers, including an impressive opening with an address by award-winning author Yossi Klien Halevi. In addition, participants had the pleasure of attending AJC University Breakfasts, where they discussed topics pertinent to AJC's priorities, including the BDS movement on American campuses as well as how the international media portrays Israel. Participants also had one-on-one time with ambassadors representing multiple countries and the opportunity to lobby with congressional leaders about combating global anti-Semitism, promoting Israel's place in the world and monitoring Iran's compliance with the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action .
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Three Lessons From Orlando
We need to grasp the essential fact that our enemy is a worldwide belief system that views our civilizational values as worthy targets -- and uses terrorism to advance its goals.
"They called us spoils of war just because of our faith," 15-year-old Samia said of her ISIS captors. "What happened to the Yazidis is genocide."
Why History Matters: The 1967 Six-Day War
Without an understanding of what happened in the past, it?s impossible to grasp where we are today ? and where we are has profound relevance for the region and the world