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September 3, 2014: JCPA Condemns Murder of American Journalist Steven Sotloff

NEW YORK – In light of the gruesome murder of American journalist Steven Sotloff by the militant group ISIS, the Jewish Council for Public Affairs (JCPA), expresses its disgust at this abhorrent act of violence. The JCPA calls on the United States and the nations of the world to take immediate action to stop the violent terror group ISIS.

“We are disturbed and horrified by yet another irrational murder at the hands of ISIS militants of another American journalist; with the loss of Steven Sotloff following closely on the heels of that of fellow journalist James Foley just less than a month ago,” said JCPA President Rabbi Steve Gutow. “We join his family, friends and the mourners of Zion and Jerusalem in grieving for our fallen fellow American. The horrors of violent religious extremism cannot be ignored nor tolerated. The Islamic State acts in a way that is anything but holy. Their reign of terror over the region has taken the lives of thousands of innocent civilians. ISIS poses an immediate and urgent threat to the lives of countless people, as well as regional peace and security.  We call on the U.S. and the family of nations to stop ISIS in its tracks.”

 

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10:23 AM Sep 03, 2014 - 0 comments permalink


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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