Conference of Presidents Welcomes President Trump’s Condemnation of Recent Anti-Semitic Acts in His First Address to a Joint Session of Congress

March 1, 2017 New York, NY . . . Leaders of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations today welcomed the statement by President Trump at the beginning of his first address to a Joint Session of Congress condemning the rash of threats of violence against Jewish communal institutions, the recent desecration of Jewish cemeteries and other acts of anti-Semitism.

Stephen M. Greenberg, Chairman and Malcolm Hoenlein, Executive Vice Chairman and CEO of the Conference of Presidents, said, “It is significant that President Trump chose to open his first address to Congress and the nation by clearly identifying and strongly condemning the recent acts of anti-Semitism targeting Jewish communal facilities, cemeteries and organizations across the country.  By reaffirming America’s strong commitment to speaking out against hate, President Trump sent an important message of support to the American Jewish community at a very difficult time and set an example for other political, religious and civic leaders to follow.

We trust that law enforcement officials will vigorously investigate these heinous acts, identify the perpetrators and bring them to justice and we look forward to working with the Trump administration to turn back the rising tide of anti-Semitism and all forms of hate.

We also express appreciation for President Trump’s reaffirmation of the U.S. commitment to Israel.”

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