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Reform Jewish Leader Applauds House Vote Condemning Anti-Semitism
In an overwhelming, bi-partisan vote of 409-2, the House of Representatives yesterday passed H.Res. 282, expressing its commitment to fighting anti-Semitism. In response to yesterday’s vote, Rabbi David Saperstein, Director of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism, issued the following statement:

We applaud the U.S. House of Representatives for recognizing the ever-present scourge of anti-Semitism and for calling on the United Nations to combat its presence. Fighting this form of racism requires vigilance at all levels of government by all members of the United Nations, sworn to uphold “the inherent dignity and equal and inalienable rights of all members of the human family.”

Saperstein: The United Nations must use its status within the international community to lead member nations to repudiate all forms of anti-Semitism.

WASHINGTON, June 8, 2005 – In an overwhelming, bi-partisan vote of 409-2, the House of Representatives yesterday passed H.Res. 282, expressing its commitment to fighting anti-Semitism. In response to yesterday’s vote, Rabbi David Saperstein, Director of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism, issued the following statement:

We applaud the U.S. House of Representatives for recognizing the ever-present scourge of anti-Semitism and for calling on the United Nations to combat its presence. Fighting this form of racism requires vigilance at all levels of government by all members of the United Nations, sworn to uphold “the inherent dignity and equal and inalienable rights of all members of the human family.”

Anti-Semitism remains a dangerous and, regrettably, common occurrence in our world. From the 2003 deadly truck bombings outside synagogues in Istanbul to the harassment and intimidation faced by Jewish citizens in countries from Australia to Russia to Canada, anti-Semitism continues to cause the international Jewish community great alarm. The United Nations must use its status within the international community to lead member nations to repudiate all forms of anti-Semitism. To ensure its future legitimacy, the U.N. must establish itself as a body in which no member nation is subject to vilification based on historic racism and biases. We echo the sentiment of the U.S. House of Representatives and call upon all nations and governments to educate citizenry about the harms of anti-Semitism and to promote true respect and understanding of all nationalities, faiths, religious groups, and ethnicities.

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The Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism is the Washington office of the Union for Reform Judaism, whose more than 900 congregations across North America encompass 1.5 million Reform Jews, and the Central Conference of American Rabbis, whose membership includes more than 1800 Reform rabbis.



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