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August 27, 2014: JCPA Condemns NY Attack Against Jewish Couple, Calls for Civility

NEW YORK – Following Monday night’s reported attack against a Jewish couple, apparently by Palestinian supporters, on New York’s Upper East Side, the Jewish Council for Public Affairs (JCPA) condemns any and all acts of violence based on bias, including those spurred by anti-Semitism.

“We urge a swift and thorough investigation of this potential hate crime.  If the facts demonstrate what is suspected, that these innocent individuals were singled out for harassment and harm because of their religion, we hope and expect that the perpetrators will be brought to justice soon,” said JCPA President Rabbi Steve Gutow.  “We also call on our civic leaders not only to speak out against such violations of civil rights, but also to take additional measures to ensure that this outrageous crime is an isolated incident never to be repeated. Anti-Semitic attacks should not and will not be tolerated in the United States. However passionate our opinions may be, we must work to promote civil discourse between those with opposing views.  There is not room in our pluralistic society for those who would resort to violence. Violence only further divides our already fractured world and generates more distrust.”



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August 22, 2014: JCPA Speaks Out on Ferguson

NEW YORK – As protests continue in Ferguson, Mo., the Jewish Council for Public Affairs (JCPA) applauds the Jewish community’s sentiments put forth in a statement by the Jewish Federation and Community Relations Council of St. Louis and actively supports the continuance of efforts to combat racism, poverty and economic inequality.
“We join with the St. Louis Jewish community in their sorrow for the death of Michael Brown, an unarmed 18 year old man, and the pain his family has endured,” said JCPA President Rabbi Steve Gutow. “We stand with the St. Louis Jewish community, ready to provide the community support through JCPA’s national network across the American Jewish community. We share in the community's admiration for the public servants who have tried to maintain peace in their community - and the countless non-violent protesters who have stood for a just and peaceful response to the tragic events in Ferguson. The situation in Ferguson represents many larger issues - particularly the issue of racism - issues deeply rooted in the social structure of our society that must be addressed. There are no quick solutions. As Jews, our commitment to tikkun olam, repairing the world, includes working toward eradicating racism, poverty and economic inequality,” Rabbi Gutow said.



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August 22, 2014: JCPA Calls for Civility and Security on College Campuses in Light of Increased Global Anti-Semitism

NEW YORK – In response to increased anti-Semitic rhetoric and violence worldwide and a new school year beginning, the Jewish Council of Public Affairs calls for civility on campus and for campus leaders to foster an atmosphere in which students and faculty can feel safe, physically and intellectually, to express their opinions and ideas.

 “As students return to their campuses in the coming weeks, it is essential for the Jewish community to serve as a resource, particularly given the spate of anti-Semitic incidents worldwide over this past summer,” said Rabbi Steve Gutow, JCPA President. “The JCPA calls on all campus leaders, regardless of their beliefs, to counter hateful speech on campus and to work together to foster an atmosphere in which all students and faculty can feel safe in expressing their opinions and ideas, both inside and out of the classroom, without fear of repercussions. Together we should all give high priority to de-escalating conflict while promoting a climate in which Jewish students are physically secure and able to participate fully in campus life.”



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