Jewish Federation of Central Alabama Statement on Violence at the United States Capitol
January 13, 2021
By now, we have all seen the horrific images of the insurrection at the United States Capitol last week.
The Jewish Federation of Central Alabama purposely stays out of partisan politics. Our purpose transcends any political party and is solely concerned with unequivocally and proudly supporting Jewish life and identity.
With this purpose in mind, we must speak up against the disturbing acts to undermine American democracy and the displays of anti-Semitism and White Supremacy during the Capitol attack.
One man was spotted wearing a shirt with “Camp Auschwitz'' with the word “Staff” on the back, implying he worked for the infamous concentration camp to murder Jews. Other mob members were spotted wearing shirts saying “6MWE” which means "6,000,000 wasn't enough" in reference to the number of Jews murdered in the Holocaust.
As Jews, we are morally compelled to stand in solidarity with other populations who are the subject of hatred. Injustice and intolerance against others directly impacts us, as we too, have been and still continue to be subject to injustice and intolerance.
Other symbols overtly on display—such as the Confederate battle flag and nooses—are associated with long histories of White Supremacy ideology, which views African Americans and Jews as inferior races.
The Jewish Federation of Central Alabama strongly condemns the hateful symbols, slogans, and ideology that desecrated our sacred Capitol.
We also condemn the attempts to pervert our democratic process and constitutional requirements of certifying the legitime results of a free and fair election.
As Jews, we know all-too-well the horrors that can occur when the foundations of democracy are eroded in favor of arbitrary, populist and autocratic rule.
Regimes that rule by fiat have attempted to persecute and annihilate us time and time again. Our continued existence as a people is intrinsically rooted in preserving the rule of law.
As Jews and as Americans, it imperative that we continue our eternal commitment to written rules and principles, both through Torah and the United States Constitution.
Last week’s actions and displays of anti-Semitism have shaken us. But as Jews and as a Federation we can find sustenance in the words of the Prophet Isaiah: “those who hope in Adonai will renew their strength, they will soar aloft as with eagles' wings; when they are running they won't grow weary, when they are walking they won't get tired.”
Let us once again renew our strength and continue to soar as proud Jews and as Americans.