Rabbi Jonah Pesner Responds to NAACP Statement

June 7, 2024 - Fundamentally, we share a yearning for an end to this war and the horrific suffering of too many innocent civilians. At the same time, many of us in the Jewish community are deeply disappointed in the statement, on both process and substance, in calling for an embargo for multi-use weapons at a moment when Hamas, Hezbollah and Iran remain committed to Israel’s destruction.

It should be noted that the statement rightly refrained from calling for limits on defensive systems like Iron Dome that have saved countless lives; and that it also correctly called for the immediate return of all hostages held by Hamas.

I am committed to continuing to work with the NAACP, the nation’s oldest civil rights organization, which has always worked in allyship with the Jewish community, to strengthen our common struggle to further civil rights for all, to combat antisemitism and to understand our perspective and hold multiple truths during this most challenging time.