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B’nai B’rith International has issued the following statement:

B’nai B’rith mourns the loss of Arlen Specter. During his 30 years representing Pennsylvania in the United States Senate, Specter proved himself a true and unwavering friend of Israel. Specter was also among those in the Senate who led on the issue of Soviet Jewry.

During his long tenure in the Senate, Specter demonstrated acumen in both foreign affairs as well as on various domestic issues and was often known for bipartisan collegiality.

Specter died Oct. 14 at age 82 after battling cancer.