The Mayor of Chicago, accompanied by the Ambassador of the United States SE Jane Hartley was received at CRIF for an exchange of views. Roger Cukierman, President of CRIF, presented to the Mayor of Chicago the situation of the Jews in France, referring to last year’s anti-Semitic riots and recent figures showing a significant increase in anti-Semitic acts and threats. The discussion focused on the comparison between the situation of the French and American Jewish communities, especially in relation to the development of Israel boycott campaign that bear anti-Semitic goals, as said the Mayor of Chicago.
Questions were raised about Iran's agreement and the tensions between President Obama and Prime Minister of Israel. Rahm Emanuel strongly defended the record of President of the United States as to the support of the State of Israel and its security, recalling the importance of US aid in the development of the Iron Dome to protect Israeli. The Mayor of Chicago also testified as former, very close associate to President Obama, but also as a Jew.
An intense discussion on important issues.
Roger Cukierman was accompanied by Francis Kalifat and Yonathan Arfi, CRIF’s Vice Presidents, Robert Ejnes, Executive Director and Eve Gani, Director of International Affairs, as well as Serge Dahan, President of B'nai B'rith France, Sacha Reingewirtz, President of UEJF, and Vincent Zappia, representative of AJC.