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UN report on 2014 Gaza War discounts Hamas culpability

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Washington, D.C. – The Jewish Council for Public Affairs (JCPA) expressed its deep disappointment with the United Nations Human Rights Council’s Commission of Inquiry Report on Operation Protective Edge.    “Last summer, Israelis were forced to defend themselves against rockets fired indiscriminately at their civilians,” said Susan W. Turnbull, JCPA Chair. “While neither party is…



JCPA Condemns Shooting in Charleston, South Carolina

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Washington DC – Following the shooting at the Emanuel AME Church last night, Ethan Felson, JCPA Senior Vice President and General Counsel, and Susan W. Turnbull, JCPA Board Chair, released the following statement:  “We stand with the people of Charleston, the city’s faith community, and the congregants of the Emanuel AME Church today as they…



JCPA and COEJL Welcome Pope Francis Encyclical on the Environment

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Washington, D.C. – In response to Pope Francis’s much anticipated encyclical (“teaching”) entitled “Laudato Si,” the Jewish Council for Public Affairs (JCPA) and its initiative, the Coalition on the Environment and Jewish Life (COEJL) issued the following statements:  “This is an exciting time for the interfaith community as we join together to address the issues…



JCPA and COEJL Support the EPAs New Waters of the United States Rule

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Washington, D.C. –  The Jewish Council for Public Affairs (JCPA) and its initiative, the Coalition on the Environment and Jewish Life (COEJL), strongly support the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) new rule clarifying the definition of “Waters of the United States” within the Clean Water Act (CWA). This new rule, which the EPA will finalize this…



JCPA Statement on Current Protests in Israel

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 Washington – following a weekend marked by protests over inequality by the Israeli-Ethiopian community in Israel, Susan W. Turnbull and Rabbi Steve Gutow, Chair and President respectively of the Jewish Council for Public Affairs issued the following statement:  “The rallies this weekend are a sign of both a wounded and healthy democracy.  We are dismayed…



JCPA Condemns Shooting in Garland Texas

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In response to the violence that has marred Garland Texas this past weekend, JCPA Chair Susan W. Turnbull and JCPA President Rabbi Steve Gutow released the following statement: “Many of our most sacred rights as Americans are enshrined in the first amendment of our constitution.  Freedom of speech and assembly is essential to open and…



Celebrating New Americans, JCPA Highlights Contributions of New Americans in Honor of Jewish American Heritage Month

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  • Posted on May 1, 2015

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Washington – The Jewish Council for Public Affairs (JCPA) is commemorating the 10th annual Jewish American Heritage Month (JAHM) by promoting the theme “Celebrating New Americans.” JAHM is celebrated annually during the month of May. Throughout the month, JCPA will be highlighting stories of people from all backgrounds and ages who came to the United…



In the Wake of Baltimore City Protests, JCPA Calls For a New National Conversation

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  • Posted on April 29, 2015

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 Washington – From Ferguson to Staten Island, from North Charleston to Baltimore City, the Jewish Council for Public Affairs (JCPA) has stood in horror as unarmed African American men have been brutalized and in some cases gunned down by law enforcement officials. For months, these deaths served as catalysts for peaceful protests and reflection, but…



JCPA Statement on Bipartisan Senate Deal on Iran Legislation

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The Jewish Council for Public Affairs (JCPA) commends the willingness of President Obama and the U.S. Senate to work together to find a compromise that would allow Congressional review of any future agreement on Iran’s nuclear program. The Administration indicated today that the President would sign the current version of the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review…



The JCPA Condemns Slaughter of Students in Kenya

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As Jews prepared for their Seders and Christians observed Good Friday, news came that the Somalia-based terror group al-Shabab murdered 147 Christians at a university in Kenya. Another 79 were wounded.  According to news reports, the Islamist militant group singled out Christian students at Garissa University.  According to one student, “if you were Christian, you…