Jewish Groups Condemn Invasion of Ukraine, Pledge to Support Jewish Communities in the Crossfire | JNS

Jewish organizations from all walks of life condemn Russia’s military invasion of Ukraine on Wednesday.

The Republican Jewish Coalition has called on the Biden administration to accelerate the implementation of “punitive sanctions” against Russia and its leaders and for Congress to pass legislation to expand the power of sanctions.

“Vladimir Putin aims to destroy the nascent democracy in Ukraine, threaten the former Soviet republics of Eastern Europe and weaken the NATO alliance,” RJC said in a press release Thursday. “The free world must now resist this violent expansion, and the United States must lead the effort from a position of strength and in solidarity with our allies.”

The Jewish Democratic Council of America (JDCA) called Russia’s actions “unconscionable aggression” and said it supported further sanctions.

“Jewish Democrats strongly support a new round of punitive sanctions implemented by the Biden administration against Russia, including cutting Russia off from the US financial system. Vladimir Putin must face harsh and painful consequences for his belligerent and violent actions,” the group said.

Addressing the nation on Thursday, US President Joe Biden said Russian President Vladimir Putin “has chosen this war” and outlined a package of measures that “will impose a significant cost on the Russian economy, both immediately and over time”.

Hadassah President Rhoda Smolow and CEO Naomi Adler agreed with US President Joe Biden’s characterization of the invasion as “unprovoked and unwarranted Russian military aggression.”

The Zionist women’s organization has expressed concern for the hundreds of thousands of Ukrainian Jews and other Ukrainians facing the deadliest military action in Europe since World War II.

“We stand with them in solidarity and pray for their safety,” Smolow and Adler said in a press release. “Too many civilians have already been killed. Many are fleeing for their safety in neighboring countries, and some have found refuge further afield in Israel. We applaud the Government of Israel, the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC), the Jewish Agency for Israel and other non-governmental organizations who are risking their lives to provide support to Jews still in Ukraine and who are working to bring new Ukrainian olim in Israel. As Jews, we believe that he who saves a life saves the whole world, and we are grateful for the bravery of those working to do so on the ground today. »

The National Coalition in Support of Eurasian Jewry (NCSEJ) wrote in a press release that the invasion violates Ukraine’s territorial integrity and stands in solidarity with the Ukrainian people.

The organization also disputed statements by Russian President Vladimir Putin that Russia was going to “denazify” the Ukrainian government.

“Putin’s justification for invading is totally baseless and his assertion that Ukraine is a fascist or Nazi state has no foundation,” the NCSEJ said. “The Ukrainian Jewish community is fully integrated and enjoys all rights and privileges like any other Ukrainian citizen.

“The NCSEJ is deeply concerned about the onslaught of an unprecedented humanitarian crisis in Ukraine,” the NCSEJ statement continued. “All appropriate measures must be taken to ensure the safety and well-being of Ukrainians.”

In a joint press release, B’nai B’rith President Seth J. Riklin and CEO Daniel S. Mariaschin hailed the show of global unity and solidarity in the Western world’s condemnation of the Russian actions and expressed concern about the prospect of a humanitarian crisis. crisis.

B’nai B’rith Europe is involved in an effort to assist Jewish communities in Ukraine and raises funds to enable the purchase of medicines and provide financial assistance to the community. B’nai B’rith in Italy has launched its own relief campaign and the statement says the B’nai B’rith Disaster and Emergency Relief Fund is open for donations.

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