Thanks Biden For Condemning Attacks Against Jews
(Washington, D.C., May 27, 2021)—B’nai B’rith President Charles O. Kaufman and CEO Daniel S. Mariaschin have issued the following statement:
We wrote to President Joe Biden thanking him for forcefully condemning violent attacks against Jews. “Jews have contributed too much to the freedom, development, innovation and overall progress in this country for this matter to be treated with anything short of a full measure of attention.”
“We also call for increased funding to protect synagogues and organizations representing vulnerable communities. Appointing a State Department Ambassador at Large to Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism, a White House Jewish liaison, and a domestic coordinator focused on anti-Semitism in the U.S. would help focus the government’s efforts to address hatred of Jews.”
Our letter notes our organization’s history, dating to 1843, and our vital role in correcting a truly egregious piece of American history when, in “1863 we protested an order by General Ulysses Grant expelling Jews ‘as a class’ from the Tennessee Department.”
We continue: “The struggle against anti-Semitism and other forms of hatred has continued over the decades, with B’nai B’rith playing an integral role through our prolific activities in the U.S. and around the world. But while much of our attention the past two decades has been focused on the threat to Jewish communities overseas, we are now witnessing a resurgence of anti-Semitism in America the likes of which we have not previously seen.”
The president’s current efforts are an encouraging start. In our letter we also write, “More action from your administration will be needed to respond to this growing problem. We ask that you bolster protections for Jewish students on university campuses, including preserving the current Executive Order on combating anti-Semitism.”
Read the full letter here.
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 bnaibrith.org.
(Washington, D.C., April 28, 2021)—B’nai B’rith President Charles O. Kaufman and CEO Daniel S. Mariaschin have issued the following statement:
We listened to President Joe Biden’s address to a Joint Session of Congress tonight with an ear trained on some of our top organizational priorities.
We commend the president for calling for bipartisan consensus in favor of police reform, gun violence legislation, comprehensive immigration reform and the DREAM Act. Meaningful progress in these areas however will result only from serious engagement between the two parties.
We support efforts to reduce gun violence in fighting crime in this country. B’nai B’rith has long advocated for sensible gun laws. We support increased background checks and limiting access to the deadliest weapons and high-capacity ammunition magazines, whose sole purpose is to kill many people as quickly as possible. We advocate for bipartisan legislative solutions to the problem of gun violence.
We are encouraged by the president’s focus on infrastructure and note that affordable housing is often included in this topic. As the largest national Jewish sponsor of low-income housing for older adults, we closely track the ongoing need to create more affordable housing. We hope that whatever infrastructure bill emerges includes provisions for expanding affordable housing.
Biden called for a combination of “diplomacy and stern deterrence” to curb Iran’s nuclear program. Deterrence must include the continuation of firm economic sanctions until Iran abandons its nuclear aspirations. But we are concerned that this formula may not be enough. We remain skeptical of Iran’s intentions.
Immigration has become one of the defining issues of the last few years. We commend the president for focusing on this issue during his address. We support returning the refugee cap to earlier levels. B’nai B’rith has long supported comprehensive immigration reform that combines enforcement with a path to citizenship. We urge lawmakers to focus on a bipartisan solution to the immigration issue.
B’nai B’rith will monitor progress on the initiatives announced tonight and continue to offer our expertise, analysis and guidance.
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 www.bnaibrith.org.