URJ’s Rabbi Rick Jacobs Condemns Turkish President Erdogan's Incitement Against Israel

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URJ’s Rabbi Rick Jacobs Condemns Turkish President Erdogan's Incitement Against Israel

Press Release
Press Release

Contact: Lauren Theodore at 212-650-4154

New York, NY; December 11, 2017 - Statement from Rabbi Rick Jacobs, President of the Union for Reform Judaism, following a speech by Turkish President Erdogan:

Turkish President Erdogan’s speech this past weekend regarding US President Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital was simply beyond the pale. He spoke out in a harsh and completely unacceptable manner, ranting about Israel itself, saying that "Israel is an occupier state, Israel is a terror state.” These words have no place on the world stage. President Erdogan’s tirade was devoid of fact and ridden with hatred and incitement. We condemn it in the harshest terms and call on all lovers of peace to join with us in condemnation.


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Published: 12/11/2017

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