NEW YORK—In response to presidential candidate Donald Trump’s comments that the government should temporarily bar all Muslims from entering the United States in wake of the San Bernardino tragedy, American Jewish Congress (AJCongress) President Jack Rosen issued the following statement:
“The idea of singling out any ethnic or religious group in a condemnatory light is antithetical to both this country’s founding principles and the quintessential values of the American Jewish Congress.
Even amid periods of great tragedy and heartbreak, as the seams of the Middle East have been torn open and anxiety fills the consciences of many Americans, we must be mindful of the way we approach these incredibly sensitive issues.
We must keep in mind that only a tiny sliver of those who practice Islam are extremists or hold ties to extremist groups, and combat a status quo where Muslims are stereotyped or hated by the average American.
The American Jewish Congress has defended the civil rights and liberties of all Americans--as well as hopeful future Americans--since its inception, nearly 100 years ago. We expect our leaders to accept and embody the ideals of America that we hold so dear: tolerance, equality, freedom, and understanding.”