We strongly condemn recent attempts to link Senator Barack Obama to antisemitic statements made by Louis Farrakhan. We recognize Senator Obama as a fierce critic of antisemitism within the African-American community and as a tireless advocate for continued cooperation and reconciliation between our two communities.
As Jewish-Americans, we cannot condone the rhetoric of guilt-by-association that as infiltrated the political discourse of the Democratic primary, nor can we stand for the politics of division that have driven a wedge between Jews and African-Americans for far too long. Such tactics have obscured the historical, cultural, and spiritual bonds between our two communities. It is time to put such tactics to an end.
As such, we also condemn the racism toward African-Americans that exists within the Jewish community, and we pledge to work with African-Americans to achieve our shared values.
While we encourage everyone to exercise independent judgment in determining who to support for public office, we call on all Jews to reject and denounce forces that attempt to divide us from our brothers and sisters of every race, religion, or creed.
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