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JCPA Condemns AAA resolution as Self-Defeating and Counterintuitive to Peace

 Washington, D.C., - The Jewish Council for Public Affairs (JCPA) issued the following statement in response to the American Anthropological Association (AAA)’s endorsement of a resolution by members at its annual meeting to boycott Israeli academic institutions. 

“This resolution is misguided, both by betraying the ideals of academic freedom and debate and by damaging the hope of peace between the Israelis and Palestinians. We urge the members of the association to vote against this resolution.

It is telling, and deeply disturbing, that the AAA rejected an amendment to the resolution opposing any form of discrimination based on a range of characteristics including national origin. It is not hard to draw the inference that the AAA now stands ready to discriminate on the basis of national origin.  

Finally, this resolution will have reverberating negative effects on the study of anthropology in America, by making pariahs out of venerable Israeli institutions such as Yad Vashem and its International Institute for Holocaust Studies because it is based in Israel. Restricting the academic freedom for scholars to work with these institutions is utterly self-defeating. We commend the Israel Action Network and other organizations that have worked to counter the delegitimization of Israel, which surely this move ... 


06:08 PM Nov 23, 2015 - 0 comments permalink

Rabbis, Cantors, and Jewish Community Leaders Advocate for Clean Water

 Washington, D.C., November 19, 2015 – Yesterday, Jewish leaders from four states joined with environmental, health, and small business leaders to speak to their representatives about the importance of clean water as a Jewish value. Rabbi Darah Lerner from Congregation Beth El in Maine, Cantor Rachel Rhodes from Temple Rodef Shalom in Virginia, and Beth Razin from the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia, came to Washington to advocate for the Clean Water Rule.

The group thanked Members of Congress who voted against a Congressional Review Act for the Clean Water Rule and asked those who had opposed the rule to reconsider. Access to clean water free of pollutants is not only a critical issue for agriculture, manufacturing, and small business, but is also an issue of equity and environmental stewardship. As people of faith, these Jewish leaders believe that they have an obligation to fight for the Clean Water Rule in order to protect both those who are vulnerable and lacking in access to clean water and to steward our earth.

“For us as Jews, water and humanity are both sacred. People’s access to clean water is a fundamental human right, and a core Jewish value. Our holidays and sacred texts revolve around rain cycles and water-dependent agriculture. Protecting the earth’s living waters is a godly obligation, since we know God as the ‘Source of the Waters of Life’ (Jeremiah 2:13, 17:13). Advocating for the Clean Water Rule to ... 


06:37 PM Nov 19, 2015 - 0 comments permalink

JCPA horrifed by attack and stands with the people of Paris

 Washington, D.C,  November 15, 2015-   The Jewish Council for Public Affairs (JCPA) is horrified by the attack and stands with the people of Paris, mourns those who were lost, and urges international coordination ensure security and confront terrorism. 

“We offer our most heartfelt prayers to the people of Paris and all those victimized and injured by the terrorist attacks on Friday evening,” said JCPA Chair Susan Turnbull.  “This is the second time this year that the French capital has been viciously attacked.   These attacks are not only aimed at people, but at core beliefs that we share: freedom, civility, pluralism, and equality.  We know the pain of terrorist attacks and resolve needed to confront extremist ideologies.  We stand with the French people and take strength from their bravery.  We hope that our shared beliefs and solidarity can also be a source of strength for them as well in these horrible moments.” 

“The attacks in Paris are not an isolated event.  They are part of a global effort to assault our shared values and way of life.  As these attacks occurred in Paris, we were mindful of the continued rash of violence in Israel, Iraq, and across the horn of Africa.  Nobody is suffering more than the people of Syria where millions have fled the same threats from the Islamic State (ISIS).  No single people or nations can stop ... 


11:55 AM Nov 15, 2015 - 0 comments permalink

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