The American Jewish Committee on Thursday said it had in fact attended a Hanukka party at the Trump International Hotel in Washington on Wednesday night, co-hosted by the Conference of Presidents and the Embassy of Azerbaijan. AJC issued a statement clarifying the matter after The Jerusalem Post and other media outlets reported that representatives from the organization appeared unlikely to attend the event, which had sparked some controversy due its location. AJC CEO David Harris said he couldn’t personally attend, but “of course we would want AJC to be represented due to our respect for the host – the Embassy of Azerbaijan.”
“As I know from many visits, Azerbaijan is a country that has extended a welcome mat to the Jewish people since time immemorial and, as illustrated by Prime Minister [Benjamin] Netanyahu’s recent visit to Baku, has been a close friend and partner of Israel,” he added. “Azerbaijan has also played a key role at important moments in advancing US interests in the region.”
Harris said reports he wouldn’t attend because of the venue were untrue.
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