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The Chicago Regional Office seeks to enact AJC's mission on a local level by advocating AJC's public policy agenda, building ties to the area's diverse racial, ethnic and religious communities, working with the Foreign Consular Corps and elected officials, and fostering Jewish unity.

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Anti-Semitism and Islamist Fundamentalism in France

SIMONE RODAN-BENZAQUENHow do we prevent our youngsters from "importing the conflict," a term that is regularly being used by our political leaders when they denounce anti-Semitic violence, if our mayors excuse and even glorify hatred of Israel and Jews?


European Responsibility to Protect Jews

BakerSome governments and political leaders have been reluctant to identify the victims as Jews or to identify the perpetrators as radical Islamists or even to call it anti-Semitism.


Is Germany Safe for Jews?

SIMONE RODAN-BENZAQUEN The safety of Germany's Jewish community cannot rest on law enforcement measures alone. In democratic Germany, Jews are only secure when the broader society sees anti-Semitism as an attack on democracy.


Building Understanding and Cooperation Across Faiths

We have the marines guarding our embassies, and Israel knows something about security. Who would provide similar protection to Jewish schools and synagogues?


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