The following letter was sent to Rep. Jerrold Nadler on August 26, 2015. The full letter can be found here.
National Jewish Democratic Council
P.O. Box 65683
Washington, D.C. 20035
August 26, 2015
Rep. Jerrold Nadler
2109 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, DC 20024
Dear Congressman Nadler,
It was with shock and sadness that I recently read of the hateful attacks following your recent announcement stating your intentions to vote in support of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action. Few politicians have shown as much dedication and love for the state of Israel as you, and yet I was appalled to hear of the awful rhetoric being directed towards you.
It is with this in mind that I am writing on behalf of the National Jewish Democratic Council to thank you. While we stand together on this important issue, my gratitude truly lies in your show of courage in voting your conscience on this important issue, just as many of your colleagues in the New York delegation, including Sen. Chuck Schumer, have shown in voting theirs.
We recognize that this has been a particularly difficult issue for many in our community. We recognize and respect that this was not an easy decision for you to make, and we have the utmost respect for the vote you have chosen to cast. To be clear, however, we would have applauded your courage no matter where your conscience would have led you.
While we of course hope that your fellow members of Congress choose to vote in support of the agreement, we above all hope that they vote in accordance with what they truly believe to be right. Furthermore, neither you nor any other elected officials should be subjected to any sort of personal threats or hateful attacks due to your votes. None of us are traitors; we have not betrayed our country, our people or our love of Israel. We are all allowed to have our own beliefs and our own convictions, and you and your fellow members of Congress should be applauded for your courage, rather than attacked for it.
We thank you for your vote. Similarly, we thank all those who are voting their conscience. It is your courage and your dedication that make us proud to have each of you representing our country.