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(Washington, D.C., Jan. 6, 2021) — B’nai B’rith International President Charles O. Kaufman and CEO Daniel S. Mariaschin have issued the following statement:  

The storming of the U.S. Capitol by protesters is appalling and signifies what may well be one of the saddest days in our nation’s history.

The United States Capitol building represents the heart of our democracy. We condemn those who are engaging in this senseless disregard for the democratic values of our nation. 

Though it’s horrifying to see the U.S. Capitol under siege, the seeds for this have been planted and nurtured for many years. We decry the divisiveness in the country that led to this day and we must reengage in a political process of compromise, one issue at a time. The election season is over. 

In the meantime, we strongly urge President Donald Trump to publicly condemn the rioters.

B’nai B’rith International has advocated for global Jewry and championed the cause of human rights since 1843. B’nai B’rith is recognized as a vital voice in promoting Jewish unity and continuity, a staunch defender of the State of Israel, a tireless advocate on behalf of senior citizens and a leader in disaster relief. With a presence around the world, we are the Global Voice of the Jewish Community. Visit