The Jewish Community continues to enjoy the unprecedented freedoms and opportunities of life in America.  Preservation and advancement of democratic values are central hallmarks of our community relations policies, because these ideals best foster the well-being and security of all citizens.  However, events of recent years – most dramatically the terrorist attacks of September 11- have demonstrated that our national security can only be maintained through difficult choices, vigilance, and sacrifice.  Sometimes, measures undertaken to combat terrorism are in tension with vital civil liberties as well as other American values.  This conflict between rights and security is particularly difficult given the present onslaught by Islamic terror organizations. 

While our community is far from being monolithic on these issues, which are debated vigorously, certain core principles pertain.  We are mindful that the safety of our society and justice require the physical security government is created to provide.  As a community that has been a target of hatred and attacks, we recognize the need to support all reasonable measures for defense and to root out terrorism.  At the same time, we recognize that the maintenance of strong legal checks over exercise of governmental power, particularly of the executive branch, are essential to the preservation of our freedoms.

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