Resolution on Global Anti-Semitism

Whereas the Rabbinical Assembly is greatly concerned by the resurgence of anti-Semitism around the globe;

Whereas the President of Iran Mahmoud Ahmadinejad publicly and unabashedly proclaimed his goals of "wiping Israel off the map" and creating a world "without the United States and Zionism," funds terrorist activities in Israel, spearheads his country's development of nuclear weapons and is seeking to deny that the Holocaust ever happened;

Whereas in the Middle East, leaders have turned a blind eye against false and incendiary allegations such as the Holocaust denial, infamous blood libel, and comparisons of Israel and Israeli leaders to Nazis;

Whereas the Palestinian Authority has continued to proffer anti-Israel and anti-Semitic rhetoric in their classrooms and media; 

Whereas anti-Semitic and anti-Israel rhetoric and incidents continue to escalate in Europe and other countries around the globe; and

Whereas on university campuses manifestations of intellectual intolerance towards the legitimacy of the State of Israel and the Zionist movement persist.

Therefore be it resolved that the Rabbinical Assembly applaud the United States, Germany, England, Canada, and other governments for speaking out against all manifestations of anti-Semitism and anti-Israel behavior and ask that its rabbis express their thanks to these governments; and

Be it further resolved that the Rabbinical Assembly call upon government and religious leaders, academicians, and members of our own communities world-wide to condemn anti-Semitism, to insist that violent attacks against Jewish institutions and individuals will not be tolerated by civilized society, and make it clear that the way to bring about peace in the Middle East is to engage in continuous dialogue.

Passed by the Rabbinical Assembly Plenum, March, 2006