Guided by our Jewish values and history, Jewish Americans feel a deep sense of responsibility to ensure the protection of refugees. We recall distinctly the time when we were met with closed doors as the world turned its back on us.
President Barack Obama called the parents of Ezra Schwartz yesterday to share his condolences after the 18-year-old American was murdered in a terrorist attack in Israel last week. Michael Wilner reports in Jerusalem Post:
Secretary of State John Kerry, in press remarks ahead of a Tuesday meeting in Jerusalem with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, condemned acts of terror and said Israel “has every right to defend itself.” He also said his prayers and thoughts were with those who had been murdered or wounded in terrorist attacks in Israel and with their families. Kerry mentioned in particular that he had spoken with the family of Erza Schwartz, an 18-year-old American murdered in the West Bank last week.
President Barack Obama wants to allow up to 10,000 Syrian refugees to enter the United States. We are a compassionate, caring people. As a nation of immigrants, we would not be true to our values if we closed our doors to the horrors faced by Syrian refugees.
In an interview with Yahoo! News, leading GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump wouldn’t rule out an interviewer’s suggestion that the level of surveillance Trump has suggested for Muslims in the United States “would require registering Muslims in a database or giving them a form of special identification that noted their religion.” In fact, Trump said, “We’re going to have to look at the mosques. We’re going to have to look very, very carefully.” Greg Rosenbaum, Chair of the National Jewish Democratic Council, issued the following statement in response to Trump’s remarks.
Guided by our Jewish values and history, Jewish Americans feel a deep sense of responsibility to ensure the protection of refugees, those fleeing the current atrocities and violence taking over their homelands. We still distinctly recall the time when, we too, had the world turn its back on us as we were met with closed doors
Senator Marco Rubio, in an appearance on ABC’s This Week equated Secretary Hillary Clinton’s distinction that we are “at war with jihadists” and not all Muslims, to“saying we weren't at war with the Nazis, because we were afraid to offend some Germans who may have been members of the Nazi Party, but weren't violent themselves.”
The Senate on November 10 unanimously agreed to a resolution in support of Israel and in condemnation of Palestinian terror attacks.
Michelle Bachmann, the former congresswoman from Minnesota who ran for the Republican presidential nomination in 2012, was in Israel last week on a tour organized by the Christian conservative group Family Research Council. Late in the week, on a FRC radio program, Bachmann discussed the meaning of the recent intensification of violence in Israel and the West Bank. Her driving message: it’s more urgent than ever to convert as many Jews as possible to Christianity.
American Jews continue to identify as liberal and more strongly than other Americans support gays, abortion rights, environmental regulations, women in the workforce and immigrants, according to a new Pew Research Center survey on American religion released this week. A majority of Jews — 65 percent, compared with 50 percent of all Americans — also believes that government aid to the poor does more good than harm.