Jewish Faith Leaders Reject Attempts to Divide Communities Around the Georgia Runoff Election
The following letter, currently being circulated by the Jewish Democratic Council of America (JDCA), asks for your support in rejecting the attempts to divide the Black and Jewish communities, and to divide the Jewish community, by spreading falsehoods about candidate for U.S. Senate, Rev. Raphael Warnock.
Please read the following letter, add your name, and share with your colleagues. We ask that you add you name by the end of the day Monday, November 23rd.
This is not an endorsement letter, rather a rejection of the attempts at division.
This letter will be made public with the names of all signers. Those who sign are representing themselves and not the organizations they are affiliated with.
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As rabbis and religious leaders, we recognize and respect the devotion to his Christian faith that underlies Rev. Raphael Warnock’s strong support for Israel and his partnership with the Jewish people. As the Senior Pastor of Ebenezer Baptist Church, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s church, Rev. Warnock is deeply involved in the interfaith community and works with rabbis and religious leaders of all faiths in recognition of our shared values. We stand with Rev. Warnock and reject the baseless claims and attacks targeting him amid this Senate election. We are also deeply concerned about the possibility that racial bias is driving these false accusations, which we reject in the strongest possible terms.
Rev. Warnock has stated that the histories of oppression shared by the Black and Jewish communities, which includes Black Jews living as members of both communities, guide him in his embrace of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s declaration that “Israel’s right to exist as a state in security is incontestable.”
Rev. Warnock recognizes that being a true friend also means being a truth-teller who does not shy away from hard conversations, and he has made no secret of his strong reservations and concerns over Israeli settlement expansion, which may impede prospects for a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
At the same time, Rev. Warnock is strongly opposed to the global boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement “and its anti-Semitic underpinnings, including its supporters’ refusal to acknowledge Israel’s right to exist.” He supports the unprecedented, ten-year, $38 billion aid package finalized with Israel by the Obama-Biden administration. He supports a two-state solution rooted in the protection and security of Israel’s borders, its identity as a Jewish, democratic state, and a commitment to improving the quality of life for both the Jewish and Palestinian people.
Rev. Warnock has made clear that claims that he believes Israel is an apartheid state are "patently false." In his own word, "I do not believe that.” Rev. Warnock has made his views on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict clear. He has stated, “while I am deeply concerned about injustices impacting the Palestinian people...I know that no singular country’s actions are perfect, including Israel’s – and yet the country is a true friend and our strong, democratic ally in the region.”
We sign this letter not as an endorsement of a particular candidate, but a rejection of false and divisive slander entering our community.
All Americans, especially Jewish Americans, should reject attempts to divide the Black and Jewish communities, which includes part of the Black community, by spreading falsehoods about Rev. Warnock. We abhor the politics of dividing traditionally marginalized communities in order to consolidate political power. The friendship between Jewish clergy and Black Christian clergy has stood strong for justice for generations, and cannot be so easily broken by bad faith actors who care little for our communities.
We stand with Rev. Raphael Warnock against these attacks, and implore other Jewish leaders to stand with us.
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