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Statement from the National Network of JCRCs Expressing Disappointment on Passage of Israel’s Nation-State Bill

New York, NY – The Jewish Council for Public Affairs (JCPA) expresses its profound disappointment in the Knesset passage into law of the Nation-State. We are concerned that this new law undermines Israel’s vibrant democracy comprised of diverse religious and ethnic groups.

JCPA has worked tirelessly to affirm the central value of Jewish unity and the strong bonds that connect us to one another and to the State of Israel. However, over the past year we have become increasingly concerned about strains in the Israeli-Diaspora relationship, which this law further exacerbates.

“We are dismayed at this latest undermining of the Israeli-Diaspora relationship.” stated Cheryl Fishbein, JCPA Board Chair. “It is not Israeli democracy’s finest hour.”

“We are still assessing the implications of the legislation,” stated David Bernstein, JCPA President and CEO. “We urge the government to ensure that the law does not permit discriminatory conduct.”

JCPA urges the government to modify the law so that it aligns with the country’s strong value of equal rights for all Israelis and does not risk damaging the country’s reputation.

JCPA Condemns Atrocities in Aleppo

The following statement was issued late Wednesday afternoon by the Jewish Council for Public Affairs (JCPA), the national network of Jewish Community Relations Councils.

The Jewish Council for Public Affairs strongly condemns the atrocities currently underway in Syria, including the most recent executions of innocent civilians in Aleppo. JCPA calls on the Assad regime, as well as Russia and Iran, to put an end to the violence and seek a peaceful resolution to the conflict.

“Today, we are left heartbroken and grieving at the senseless destruction currently underway in Aleppo,” said JCPA President and CEO, David Bernstein. “It is truly tragic that in this day and age, the international community has not figured out a way to prevent the mass slaughter of vulnerable populations. The images of children fleeing for their lives and of desperate posts on social media is a sobering reminder of the horror happening in Syria every day,” he added. “Never again means never again for everybody.”