The Rabbinical Alliance of America – Igud Harabbonim, representing nearly one thousand rabbis serving throughout the United States – congratulates the Democratic National Committee for dropping its partnership with the Women’s March. This development comes amid accusations of anti-Semitism within the leadership of the Women’s March which caused many organizations to drop their support of this year’s march scheduled for January 19, 2019.

Rabbi Mendy Mirocznik, executive vice-president of the Rabbinical Alliance of America, stated, “We applaud the Democratic National Committee for rejecting anti-Semitism of people like Linda Sarsour and Louis Farrakhan. Farrakhan has called Jews ‘Satanic,’ ‘termites,’ and ‘false Jews.’ Currently, leaders of the Women’s March openly embrace Farrakhan and his toxic hatred.”

Mirocznik added that “this is especially crucial considering how hate crimes against American Jews rose by more than a third last year and accounted for 58 percent of all religion-based hate crimes, according to data released by the FBI in November 2018. By terminating its sponsorship of the Women’s March, the Democratic National Committee sends a resounding message that anti-Semitism is not welcome in the United States and has no place in the Democratic party.”

Hatred must be a bi-partisan issue, anathema to all people of good will. The Rabbinical Alliance of America calls on Americans of all affiliations to denounce hatred and anti-Semitism wherever they lurk.