Statement from URJ President Rabbi Rick Jacobs on Israeli Knesset's Anti-BDS Law

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Statement from URJ President Rabbi Rick Jacobs on Israeli Knesset's Anti-BDS Law

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Contact: Lauren Theodore at 212-650-4154

Jerusalem, March 9, 2017 - Rabbi Rick Jacobs, President of the Union for Reform Judaism, issued the following statement:

"The URJ opposes the Israeli Knesset's law barring entry to foreigners who have publicly called for boycotts of Israel. We have been, are, and will continue to be opposed to boycotts of Israel. We are frustrated that by passing this law, the Israeli government has in essence posted a giant sign by the door of the Jewish state saying, 'Don't come unless you agree with everything we're doing here.' What kind of democracy makes that kind of statement?"


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Published: 3/09/2017

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