Center Founder: Islamic Fundamentalism is Main Cause for Surge of Anti-Semitism; Ros-Lehtinen: Palestine Authority incitement must stop if there is to be any hope for peace
Rabbis Marvin Hier and Abraham Cooper, Founder and Dean and Associate Dean of the Jewish human rights NGO, The Simon Wiesenthal Center, were joined by Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL) to announce the Simon Wiesenthal Center’s “2015 Top Ten Worst Global Anti-Semitic / Anti-Israel Incidents” at a recent press briefing at the Aventura Turnberry Jewish Center in Miami, Florida.
Rabbi Cooper stated, “2015 was a disastrous year for anti-Semitism, across Europe, on our nation’s campuses, online and beyond.” At the press conference, Congresswoman Ros-Lehtinen, who chairs the Foreign Affairs Subcommittee On Middle East And North Africa in the House of Representatives, a longtime leader on human rights issues and a staunch supporter, said, “Earlier this year, the House passed a resolution that Congressman Ted Deutch and I authored to condemn anti-Israel and anti-Semitic incitement from within the Palestinian Authority. There should be no doubt that the Palestinian Authority sets the tone with its incitement, resulting in the recent wave of attacks that we’re seeing against innocent civilians.” She added, “The Palestinian Authority’s anti-Israel incitement is causing tension, violence, and terror. This must no longer be tolerated,” she concluded.
Rabbi Hier declared, “The shooter in San Bernardino grew up in a home led by a father who himself is an anti-Semite. It clearly influenced the young man whose hate was transformed into terrorist deeds…It is time to give a name, a source to much of today’s hatred of Jews—it is Islamic Fundamentalism…it is past time for moderate Muslims to speak out against this hatred. It has been left unnamed by the Obama Administration; left unnamed and unchallenged it will only grow,” he concluded.
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Photo Caption: Congresswoman Ileana Ros Lehtinen (R-FL) is pictured center with Rabbi Cooper, Associate Dean of the Simon Wiesenthal Center (L) and Rabbi Marvin Hier, the Center’s Founder and Dean at the release of the Center’s “2015 Top Ten Worst Global Anti-Semitic / Anti-Israel Incidents”at the Aventura Turnberry Jewish Center in Miami, FL.
The Simon Wiesenthal Center is one of the largest international Jewish human rights organizations with over 400,000 member families in the United States. It is an NGO at international agencies including the United Nations, UNESCO, the OSCE, the OAS, the Council of Europe and the Latin American Parliament (Parlatino).