Category Archive for: Policy Resolutions

Commitment to Africa

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In the Talmud, it is written that all people are descendants from a single person so that no person can say, “My ancestor is greater than yours” (Sanhedrin 37a). “God created us all from the four corners of the earth – yellow clay, and white sand, black loam, and red soil. Therefore, the earth can…



Campaign Finance Reform

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  In keeping with our longstanding concern for the strength of our democratic institutions, the Jewish Council for Public Affairs in 1998 spoke out to support Congressional consideration of options for campaign finance reform. The JCPA applauds the decision by Congressional leadership to finally consider this issue within the next several months. The disproportionate role…



Anti-Semitism Related to Middle Eastern Tensions

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  • Posted on February 26, 2001

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  • World Jewry

The Jewish Council for Public Affairs (JCPA) is greatly concerned by the spate of anti-Semitic incidents, which appear to be related to Israel-Palestinian tensions.   Immediately after the outbreak of Palestinian violence in late September 2000, those apparently seeking to protest Israeli policy targeted a number of Jewish institutions around the world. Incidents were documented…



Acts of Terrorism in Argentina

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  • Posted on February 26, 2001

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  • World Jewry

  The Jewish Council for Public Affairs (JCPA) stands in solidarity with the Jewish community in Argentina. Terrorism has plagued Argentina’s recent history. In 1992 the Israeli embassy in Buenos Aires was bombed, killing 29 people and leaving many seriously wounded. In 1994 the building which housed both the delegation of the Argentine Israelite Associations…



Statement on the Middle East Crisis

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  The Jewish Council for Public Affairs (JCPA) expresses its support for the Israeli government and its solidarity with the Israeli people during this difficult period, which has seen widespread violence in the West Bank, the Gaza Strip, Jerusalem and parts of northern Israel. Whether the victims of this tragic situation were Arabs or Jews,…



Anti-Jewish Rhetoric and Violence

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  The month-long violence in Israel and the Palestinian Authority territories has sparked an alarming escalation in virulent anti-Jewish rhetoric and violence around the globe. From synagogues in France, to a British Jew stabbed while riding the bus, and from a Chicago rabbi shot at in his car to a sukkah set ablaze in St.…



Austria

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The formation of a new Austrian government coalition, comprised of the conservative Peoples Party and the far right Freedom Party of populist leader Joerg Haider, has sounded alarm bells throughout Europe and beyond. Founded in 1956, the Freedom Party was composed of ex–Nazis and Nazi supporters, but was not a major political factor until Joerg…



Welcoming Pope John Paul II’s Upcoming Trip to Israel

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  The Jewish Council for Public Affairs (JCPA) welcomes the upcoming visit of Pope John Paul II to Israel. This trip will mark the first papal visit to Israel and to its capital, Jerusalem, since the establishment of formal diplomatic relations between the Holy See and the Jewish State. Jews worldwide have been moved by…



Calling For The Passage Of Meaningful Gun Safety Legislation

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  • Posted on February 28, 2000

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  • Guns and Mass Violence

  The easy access of firearms and its accompanying violence has taken a terrible toll on America, particularly on its youth. The proliferation of firearms, both legal and illegal, and illegal gun use is staggering. Thus, there has been an explosion of gun violence in our country which each year kills or wounds more than…



Regarding Athletic Team Names, Mascots, and Logos

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Jews for millennia have been subjected to racial and religious discrimination and know well the painful impact of spoken, written and pictorial epithets, caricatures, and stereotypes. One of the lessons of our history is that words do, indeed cause harm and that name-calling can lead directly or indirectly to acts of violence. Moreover, stereotyping affects…