FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
September 18, 2014
Max Samis, Rabinowitz Communications, firstname.lastname@example.org, (o) 202-265-3000, (c) 202-681-2528
Jewish Federations Hail Passage of Resolution Condemning Anti-Semitism
House resolution features support from virtually entire American Jewish community
Washington, D.C. – In the face of rising anti-Semitism around the world, the House of Representatives took a clear stand today against hatred and bigotry. The Jewish Federations of North America hailed the unanimous passage of H.Res.707, which “Condemn[s] all forms of anti-Semitism and rejecting attempts to justify anti-Jewish hatred or violent attacks as an acceptable expression of disapproval or frustration over political events in the Middle East or elsewhere.” Virtually the entirety of the American Jewish community came together in support of the resolution, which garnered a wide range of support from both sides of the political aisle.
William Daroff, senior vice president for public policy and the director of the Washington office for Jewish Federations, stated,
“The past few months have made it clear to all that we live in a dangerous time, and it is comforting to know that the Jewish community has the unqualified support of our Congressional leaders. In passing this resolution unanimously, the House of Representatives has made clear that hatred and bigotry have no place in our society. We applaud and thank Reps. Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), Pete Roskam (R-IL), Nita Lowey (D-NY) and Kay Granger (R-TX) for bringing forward this important resolution, and we are further grateful to the 174 members of Congress who signed on as cosponsors. Through our work with Holocaust survivors and other vulnerable populations, we at Jewish Federations have seen firsthand the importance of fighting against anti-Semitism in our communities, as well as the need to protect and be vigilant against anti-Semitic attacks against Jewish communities in the U.S. and around the world.”
The Jewish Federations, collectively among the top 10 charities on the continent, protects and enhances the well-being of Jews worldwide through the values of tikkun olam (repairing the world), tzedakah (charity and social justice) and Torah (Jewish learning).