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INTERNATIONAL FELLOWSHIP OF CHRISTIANS AND JEWS URGES UNITY TO COUNTER LATEST WAVE OF ANTI-SEMITIC ATTACKS

The Fellowship collects over 10,000 signatures for statement against anti-Semitism

CHICAGO, Feb. 27, 2017 – The International Fellowship of Christians and Jews (The Fellowship), which has 1.6 million Christian donors in North America and around the world, issued a statement today condemning the latest wave of anti-Semitic attacks nationwide and urging Christians and Jews to build bridges in response to hatred.

The statement came as The Fellowship also connected with more than 1.8 million Christians via social media against a recent spike in anti-Semitic and other hate crimes nationwide and collected more than 10,000 signatures condemning anti-Semitism.

“We have heard from so many of our Christian brothers and sisters expressing their profound dismay at the recent rise of anti-Semitic 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,” said Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein, president and founder of The Fellowship.

The Fellowship’s social media campaign urges Christians to support and sign a statement condemning the ongoing surge in anti-Semitism and hate crimes, while urging respect for religious tolerance in America. The Fellowship plans to ultimately present the Christian-supported statement to President Donald Trump.

The statement, titled “We stand with the Jewish community against anti-Semitism” and posted on The Fellowship’s Facebook page, said:

“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.”

Four waves of bomb threats have targeted Jewish Community Centers across the country in recent weeks and officials nationwide have recorded a spike in anti-Semitic vandalism and other hate crimes. Vandals damaged some 200 headstones at the Chesed Shel Emeth Cemetery in Universal City, Mo., just outside St. Louis, last week, drawing national attention, while on Saturday a playground and elementary school in the Buffalo suburb of Orchard Park was defaced with swastikas and other ant-Semitic graffiti. On Sunday, meanwhile, vandals damaged 100 headstones at the Mt. Carmel Jewish cemetery in Philadelphia.

The International Fellowship of Christians and Jews (The Fellowship) was founded in 1983 to promote better understanding and cooperation between Christians and Jews, and build broad support for Israel. Today it is one of the leading forces in helping Israel and Jews in need worldwide – and is the largest channel of Christian support for Israel. Led by its founder and president, Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein, The Fellowship now raises more than $140 million per year, mostly from Christians, to assist Israel and the Jewish people. Since its founding, The Fellowship has raised more than $1.3 billion for this work. The organization has offices in Jerusalem, Chicago, Miami, Toronto, Seoul, and Sao Paulo. For more information, visit www.ifcj.org.

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