JCPA Delivers Jewish Community Letter of Thanks to White House for Osama bin Laden Raid
The Jewish community delivered today a statement to the White House thanking the President and others for the successful effort ending Osama bin Laden’s leadership as an instrument of terror. The statement, organized by the Jewish Council for Public Affairs, attracted hundreds of signatures from Jewish community leaders across the nation, including Federation and Community Relations executives, academics, Rabbis, and religious movement leaders. The statement thanked Presidents Obama and Bush, our military and intelligence communities, and “all those who – often at great personal risk and loss – continue to stand up against these threats in order to protect life and pursue justice.”
“The immense breadth of support from the Jewish community for the appreciation expressed in this statement is telling,” said JCPA Chair Dr. Conrad Giles. “Leaders from across the religious and political spectrum praised the commitment to seeing justice done. ‘Justice, justice you shall pursue,’ the Torah commands us. And here, we have the American Jewish community applauding that pursuit. Our security as Americans and as Jews will not be compromised by this man again, and for that, the President and all who played a part, have our sincere and deep thanks."
Rabbi Steve Gutow, JCPA President, said, “As Americans, we share in the relief that has been expressed throughout the country. We, as a nation, demonstrated courage and persistence in seeking out those who spend their days planning the death of innocents and as President Obama said: ‘Justice has been done.’ Jews well-understand the meaning of this act of justice ridding the world of this perpetrator of terror as bin Laden’s threats against Israel were a mainstay of his repertoire of horrific comments. Additionally, the statement points out the coincidental timing of bin Laden’s death with Holocaust Remembrance Day bringing to light the danger of the violence and blind hatred that bin Laden preached and that our community, unfortunately, knows all too well.”
The Jewish community statement, signed by over 700 communal and religious leaders, was delivered to the White House this morning. You can read the statement and see all of the signatures here.