WJC mourns passing of US representative John Lewis

18 Jul 2020

NEW YORK – As an entire nation mourns the passing of Rep. John Lewis, an icon of the civil rights movement and the personification of the fight for justice and equality until the day he died, World Jewish Congress President Ronald S. Lauder shared the following statement: 

“Last night, we lost a titan of American history. From the March on Washington to Black Lives Matter,  Rep.  John Lewis committed his life to the fight for  justice  and equality. He led by example, from his commitment to nonviolent protest to his unflinching belief in our nation’s capacity to become a more perfect union. Through it all, he understood the importance of building  bridges of empathy between communities. He was a lifelong ally of the Jewish people, a loyal supporter of  the State of  Israel, and a vigilant voice against antisemitism. At a time when some nefarious forces are stoking division between the Black and Jewish communities,  we should look to the model that  John Lewis set for us and remember that Black-Jewish unity is the best way to achieve justice for both peoples.” 

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