Take Action: Call or write to Mayor Javier Gonzales to thank him for standing up against anti-Semitism: he signed the “Mayors United Against Anti-Semitism” statement. Mayor Gonzales can be reached at
In the Monday, June 6, 2016 print edition of the Wall Street Journal on pages A8-A9 an advertisement sponsored by the American Jewish Congress lists hundreds of European and US Mayors and Municipal Leaders signing onto the following:
As U.S. and European leaders have acknowledged, anti-Semitism is on the rise. In response, AJC reached out to mayors across Europe and the U.S., urging them to publicly condemn and take concrete actions against this pathology. These 188 European mayors from 31 countries, representing over 67 million people, and 319 U.S. mayors and municipal leaders from 50 states and the District of Columbia, representing over 82 million people, have signed the Mayors United Against Anti-Semitism statement.
“Anti-Semitism is not compatible with fundamental democratic values,” asserts the Mayors United Against Anti-Semitism statement.
“As Mayors and municipal leaders, we have a special responsibility to speak out against the growing menace of anti-Semitism.” The statement affirms that:
“We, the undersigned,
Condemn anti-Jewish hatred, in all its forms;
Reject the notion that anti-Semitic acts, while sometimes carried out in the name of a political cause, may ever be justified or excused by one’s opinions about the actions or existence of the State of Israel;
Declare that prejudices against Jews or others due to differences in religious faith are inconsistent with our core values;
Support government efforts directed at eradicating anti-Semitism and preventing extremist indoctrination and recruitment; and support expanded education programs, including Holocaust programs, that increase awareness and counter intolerance and discrimination;
Recognize the ever-present need to be vigilant about efforts to prevent and report acts of anti-Semitism, and other hate crimes; and
Believe that communities that promote a climate of mutual understanding and respect among all citizens are essential to good governance and democratic life.”
The one New Mexico mayor to sign onto the statement was Santa Fe’s own Javier Gonzales. Here’s an opportunity to thank our mayor and show our appreciation for his steadfast views about anti-Semitism and anti-Zionism. Please take a moment (yes, that’s all it will take) to call or write to Mayor Gonzales to thank him for taking part in this effort.
Mayor Gonzales can be reached at
Plan to attend: “Palestinian Internal Politics and Conflicts” by human rights expert and commentator in Arab and Palestinian affairs Bassem Eid, Thursday, June 23, 7:00 p.m., at Unitarian Universalist* Santa Fe, 107 W. Barcelona Rd. Free and open to the public. Co-sponsored by ADL New Mexico and the Jewish Federation of New Mexico. [*Not an activity of the Unitarian Universalist Santa Fe]
Save the date: Israel Advocacy Workshop for Santa Feans, sponsored by ADL New Mexico and SF Middle East Watch, Sunday, September 25, 1-5 pm. Location to be announced.
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