New York, NY – More than 70 Jewish organizations from the across the US, including the rabbinical bodies of the four major branches of Judaism, signed a letter of support for Chinese American and Chinese communities. In recent weeks, since public reports of the virus in January, social media has been filled with malicious allegations and misinformation against Chinese people over fears of the COVID-19 “coronavirus.” Chinese businesses have also been affected, even though the National Institute of Allergies and Infectious Diseases says that the danger of the disease is miniscule.
“The Jewish community has strong and abiding ties to the Chinese community in the U.S. and abroad,” stated Michael Fromm, Chair of the Jewish Council for Public Affairs (JCPA). “When our friends are targeted, we act and let them know they can count on us.”
“We want to thank our partners in the Jewish community for their solidarity and friendship,” stated Fred Teng, President of America China Public Affairs Institute (ACPAI). “We stand together for truth and fairness, and against the spread of false and damaging information.”
David Bernstein, JCPA’s President and CEO, added that “We were so proud of the broad and diverse response from national organizations and local Jewish community relations councils, many of which are in active contact with their local Chinese counterparts.”
“It is truly appreciated when other groups stand with you especially when we face challenging times,” stated Sharon Wong, President of the OCA – Asian Pacific American Advocates. “Many in the community have been devastated, not just by the virus itself but the xenophobia, harassment, bullying, and fear that has been directed to our community.”
JCPA, national organizations and JCRCs sent the letter with all the signatories in both English and Chinese to scores of Chinese American leaders and organizations.
Click here for letter in English.
Click here for letter in Chinese.