Israeli President Expresses Support, Solidarity to U.S. Jews Following neo-Nazi Rally in Charlottesville

Reuven Rivlin sends letter to head of Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, voicing shock at sight of Nazi flags in Charlottesville

A candlelight vigil held for the victims of the violence in Charlottesville, Va., August 13, 2017.
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President Reuven Rivlin sent a letter to the head of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations on Tuesday, voicing shock at the fact that Nazi flags were waved during a far-right demonstration in Charlottesville last Saturday and offering emotional support to the U.S. Jewish community.

Rivlin asked the organization’s executive vice chairman, Malcolm Hoenlein, to disseminate the letter to every Jewish community leader in the United States.

“At this difficult time, I want to express my support and solidarity, and that of all the Israeli people, with you and your communities, and ask that you kindly convey this message on my behalf to the Jewish communities across the U.S.,” he wrote. “The very idea that in our time we would see a Nazi flag – perhaps the most vicious symbol of anti-Semitism – paraded in the streets of the world’s greatest democracy, and Israel’s most cherished and greatest ally, is almost beyond belief.

“We have seen manifestations of anti-Semitism again and again arise across the world; in Europe and the Middle East,” Rivlin continued. “In the face of such evil, we stand now as we did then. With faith. With faith in humanity, with faith in democracy, and with faith in justice. I know that the great nation of the United States of America and its leaders will know how to face this difficult challenge, and prove to the world the robustness and strength of democracy and freedom.”

Israeli President Reuven Rivlin, May 2017.
Emil Salman