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The Jewish Federations of North America
Leadership Briefing
Jewish Federations Condemn Acts of Extremism in Israel 
February 2, 2012

The Jewish Federations of North America released the following statement today by Kathy Manning, chair of the Board of Trustees, Michael Gelman, chair of the Executive Committee, and Jerry Silverman, president and CEO, on recent religious-secular tensions in Israel:

Over recent months, Israel has witnessed an abhorrent series of incidents perpetrated by individuals within the Haredi community. These actions stand in stark contrast to the Jewish and democratic values upon which the state was founded. 

The Jewish Federations of North America unequivocally condemns all such acts of violence, intimidation, prejudice and coercion. We stand firmly and resolutely behind those in Israel who have spoken out publicly against such incidents, including Prime Minister Netanyahu and leaders from across the political spectrum. We call on those who have not yet taken a public stand to do so. 

We take heart in the fact that citizens and civic leaders from across the country – including from within the mainstream Orthodox and ultra-Orthodox community – are now denouncing these reprehensible actions and the extremists responsible. 

On behalf of the North American Jewish community, we will continue to convey in no uncertain terms our growing concern to Israeli leaders about the impact of religious extremism and actively pursue opportunities to forge a common agenda focused on greater tolerance, mutual respect and inclusion.

The Jewish Federations remain united in our commitment to the Jewish state and all those working to strengthen Israeli society.

For more information on this issue, please visit this JFNA resource page. JFNA will continue to monitor the situation in Israel and keep Federations informed.

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