Jewish-Christian group urges unity to counter wave of anti-Semitism
(JNS.org)—The International Fellowship of Christians and Jews (The Fellowship) has launched an online campaign urging supporters to condemn the ongoing wave of anti-Semitism across the U.S. in recent weeks, while calling for unity between Christians and Jews in response to bomb threats at Jewish community centers and vandalism at Jewish cemeteries.
“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,” said Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein, president and founder of The Fellowship. “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.”
The Fellowship’s campaign urges Christian supporters to sign a statement condemning the ongoing surge in anti-Semitism and other hate crimes, while calling for religious tolerance in America. The Fellowship plans to deliver the statement to President Donald Trump.
“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,” the statement reads.
“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,” it adds.