Jewish Dems Support President Obama's Address on fighting terrorism

December 7, 2015

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Last night, President Barack Obama gave a prime-time address from the Oval Office. His remarks addressed threats of terrorism facing the nation and how the United States should take the lead in international counterterrorism efforts. The president called on Congress to work with him immediately to address national security concerns, from gun control to authorizing the continued use of military force in the fight against the Islamic State. In addition, he explained what we, as Americans, “cannot turn against one another by letting this fight be defined as a war between America and Islam.”

Greg Rosenbaum, chair of the National Democratic Jewish Council, released the following statement:

“We stand firmly behind President Obama’s efforts to work with both parties in Congress to take measures to address the terrorist threat. A Congress dedicating itself to the safety of the American people — and not engaging partisan brinksmanship— will be the strongest symbol to the American people that we are united, and committed to this fight. Strengthening screening for those legally permitted to travel to America without visas, ensuring that no one on the no-fly list is permitted to purchase a gun, and generally making it more difficult for people to buy assault weapons are the starting blocks to a more secure nation.”

“We support President Obama’s call to not scapegoat Muslims. Unfortunately, this sort of bigotry is something that that we, as Jews, know all too well. Individuals should not be looked at suspiciously or treated differently solely because off of their religion or the color of their skin. We must live by the values we believe in -- the color of your skin or the religion that you practice does not make you inferior to any other American citizen. As Americans and as Jews, we must act by that truth and always remember our own history.”