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Following the recent ceasefire announcement from Israel, the shocking levels of antisemitism that have surged alongside anti-Israel protests remain a source of grave concern.

We have seen acts of antisemitic harassment, vandalism and violence across the world and on every social media platform. Whether it was the assaults on Jews in their neighborhoods from Los Angeles to London and many other points, or the over 17,000 tweets with variations on “Hitler was right” in the days following the onset of the Israel-Gaza conflict, the impact of this hatred is clear.

We have all felt the reverberations in our lives and in our communities.

During this alarming spike in antisemitism, the most powerful tool you have to respond with is your voice.

 

Click here to learn more about #ActAgainstAntiSemitism

Today, thousands of people gathered for the Day of Action Against Antisemitism. In remarkable numbers, we showed up to tell the world that we will not remain silent as hateful attacks on our community threaten our safety and existence. Now is the time to lift our voices and demand action from Congress to protect Jewish communities. There is more work to be done. Thank you to everyone who supported Act Against Antisemitism.


#ActAgainstAntiSemitism 

PENNSYLVANIA JEWISH COALITION

STATE GOVERNMENT UPDATE                     

Volume 13, Edition 10                                      May 27, 2021

PJC Mission Statement: The Pennsylvania Jewish Coalition (PJC), working individually and collectively with others, represents Pennsylvania’s Jewish communities before state government and with other Pennsylvanians.  Jewish values guide the PJC’s focus on issues of importance to these communities, inclu

Pennsylvania Jewish Coalition Statement on the Rise of Domestic anti-Semitism 

Marc Zucker, Chairman, Pennsylvania Jewish Coalition

Hank Butler, Executive Director, Pennsylvania Jewish Coalition 

The Pennsylvania Jewish Coalition (PJC) has grave concerns regarding the rise in anti-Semitic hate crimes both locally and nationally.

Since the recent fighting in Israel and Gaza began, there have been an increasing number of violent attacks on American Jews, vandalism of Jewish American institutions, and anti-Semitic speech via social media.  Although the cease fire is in place, the incidents have continued.  We urge our elected leaders to denounce these hateful acts of violence and intimidation.

As Israelis recover from the bombardment of thousands of rockets and missiles launched by Hamas, a terrorist organization based in Gaza, it is unfathomable that this would spawn hate crimes directed against the American Jewish community.  While people may have differing perspectives on the best way to bring peace to that region, it is abhorrent to use those political disagreements as an excuse for destroying property or assaulting people on the basis of religion or ethnicity.   An increase in attacks on the Asian-American community in the past year is but one example of such irrational, misplaced hostility.  The scourge of anti-Semitism, a centuries-old form of vicious bigotry against the Jewish people that has spawned genocide, pogroms, and tragedy for so many, likewise must not be allowed to grow.  As we saw when 11 people died in the Tree of Life synagogue massacre in 2018, this Commonwealth is not immune, and hatred if unchecked can lead to horrific tragedy.

The PJC condemns these intolerable anti-Semitic acts and calls for swift action to combat the spread of hate and bigotry in all forms against all communities.  We, as Pennsylvanians, need to speak out forcefully against these actions, safeguard our non-profit institutions from attacks, strengthen our hate crime laws, promote cultural awareness and understanding, expand our Holocaust education curriculum and stand in solidarity with all diverse communities who are the victims of baseless hatred.

Jewish Federations and Communities in Pennsylvania:

Altoona                     Erie                 Harrisburg                Lehigh Valley                       Pittsburgh                Philadelphia

Reading                     Scranton       State College            Wilkes-Barre                        York

If you have any comments or questions, please either call or e-mail Hank Butler at 717.920.0734 or hank@pajewishcoalition.org.

 

Click here for updates about Israel Crisis 2021

Even with a ceasefire, the work continues.
 
We are grateful that the ceasefire agreed between Israel and Hamas late on Thursday, May 20th will, at last, provide a measure of relief as we enter Shabbat. While we pray that the violence that Israel endured over the last two weeks is truly over, we fear that the spike in anti-Israel misinformation, antisemitic diatribes on social media, and the physical attacks on Jews and Jewish institutions in the U.S. and around the world will continue relatively unabated. Unfortunately, those who demonize Israel and the Jewish community on college campuses, in politics, and in the public square have found new tools, updated their slogans, and broadened support for their pernicious agendas. 

Click here to read updates from Mark Wilff, Chair Board of Trustees JFNA

 

 

 

JCPA Condemns Antisemitic Incidents in the Wake of Israel-Hamas Hostilities

The Jewish Council for Public Affairs (JCPA), the national network hub of 125 Jewish Community Relations Councils and 16 national Jewish agencies, expresses its deep concern with the alarming rise in antisemitic incidents in the United States. We urge civic, political, and faith leaders to denounce these acts of violence and intimidation immediately and intensify efforts to combat this surge in antisemitism, hate, and bigotry.

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