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February 28, 2017 6:36 am

Jewish-Christian Group Urges Unity to Counter Wave of Antisemitism

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An interfaith rally at the Chicago Loop Synagogue after it was vandalized with swastikas in an antisemitic incident Feb. 4, 2017. Photo: Courtesy of the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews.

An interfaith rally at the Chicago Loop Synagogue after it was vandalized with swastikas in an antisemitic incident Feb. 4, 2017. Photo: Courtesy of the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews.

JNS.org – An interfaith Christian and Jewish group has launched an online campaign urging its supporters to condemn the ongoing rise of antisemitism across the US.

The International Fellowship of Christians and Jews (The Fellowship) has asked its Christian supporters to sign a statement slamming the surge in anti-Jewish incidents and calling for religious tolerance in America, and said it plans to deliver the letter to President Donald Trump.

The statement reads: “As a Christian and supporter of The Fellowship, I stand with the Jewish people as they endure rising attacks and displays of anti-Semitism in America and abroad. Never again will we remain silent in the face of such threats. We stand side by side with our Jewish brothers and sisters in deploring the attack on the Jewish cemetery in St. Louis, threats to Jewish community centers, and other such attacks. We declare that there is no place in America for hatred, even as we pledge to build bridges of love, healing, and unity in our nation.”

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Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein, president and founder of The Fellowship said about the initiative, “We have heard from so many of our Christian brothers and sisters expressing their profound dismay at the recent rise of antisemitic and hate crimes nationwide, and offering their love and support.”

“Hatred only reinforces our mutual determination and resolution to continue building bridges between Christians, Jews and other faith communities, each and every day, to counter anti-Jewish bigotry,” he added.

Nearly 100 bomb threats have been called in to Jewish organizations since the start of 2017, and two Jewish cemeteries — in Missouri and Philadelphia — have been vandalized, with headstones toppled.

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