Jewish orgs. react to presumptive win of Dem. nominee Joe Biden – The Jerusalem Post

Posted By on November 13, 2020

Major Jewish organizations reacted to the projected win of Democratic nominee Joe Biden on Saturday.The Anti-Defamation League congratulated Biden and presumptiveVice President-elect Kamala Harris, the "first woman and first person of color to hold the office," on their win while calling on both Democrats and Republicans to ensure a peaceful transfer of power once the election results have been validated.Jonathan A. Greenblatt, ADL CEO, noted that this "has been an election year without precedent in American history, not only due to the challenges of the pandemic, but also because it took place in the shadow of record levels of antisemitism and rising hate, the mainstreaming of online conspiracy theories such as QAnon, and attempts by domestic extremists to undermine the voting process.And yet, despite the challenges, Americans turned out in historic numbers. The unprecedented level of civic participation is a powerful testament to the enduring strength of our democracy and the right of every American to have a voice and a vote.Greenblatt recognized that this has been an enormous amount of pain on all sides over these past four years."AIPAC congratulates President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris on their election victory, read a statement Saturday from the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, the largest pro-Israel lobby. Despite the current profound political polarization, there remains a resolute bipartisan commitment to the U.S.-Israel alliance as both presidential tickets took strong pro-Israel positions.He concluded by calling on "liberals and conservatives, Republicans and Democrats, affiliated and unaffiliated [to] unite after this bitter season and find common ground in working together to solve the myriad challenges that face our nation and the world. America is stronger when we unite and now is the time to find a path forward, together."

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President of the Conference of European Rabbis Rabbi Pinchas Goldschmidt thanked Trump for his support for Israel and wished Biden well for his coming presidency.

We express our thanks to outgoing US President, Mr Donald Trump, for his unwavering support of Israel, being the first sitting US President to visit the Western Wall the remnant of the Jerusalem Temple in the eternal Jewish capital and for forging ahead with the Abrahamic Accords improving relations between Israel and its Arab neighbors, said Goldschmidt

Bend the Arc CEO Stosh Cotler said that the voters of 2020 will take their "place in history as the people who rose up across religion, race, and all aspects of our identities, to preserve the dream that our country can be a place where freedom, safety, and belonging are for all of us.

Cotler added that for millions of Jewish Americans this election was deeply personal, and our voices rang out clearly."

"Bend the Arc organized across the country for four years, and our volunteers mobilized like never before to flip states and win races up and down the ballot. A historic 77% of Jewish Americans (a seven-point increase from 2016) voted to overcome a politics of fear, division, and lies a politics which endangers Jews, Muslims, people of color, immigrants, and so many other communities," Cotler said.

Ben Sales/JTA contributed to this report.

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