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Young Israel Statement on the Syrian Refugee Crises

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November 23, 2015 


                   SYRIAN REFUGEE CRISIS

The National Council of Young Israel (NCYI) issued the following statement today:
“The National Council of Young Israel is deeply concerned about the situation
in Syria and is sympathetic to the plight of all those Syrian refugees who are fleeing persecution and armed conflict. Nevertheless, it is important to unequivocally note that regardless of the position one takes about admitting the migrants into the United States, there is absolutely no moral equivalency between the plight of the Syrian refugees and the unique trials and tribulations that confronted the Jews as they desperately sought to survive the Holocaust and the Nazi regime during World War II. We believe that drawing a parallel between the historic Shoah and the current discord in middle-eastern Islamist countries are two very different sets of circumstances and is wrong, and we further believe that is it highly offensive to those Jews who survived Nazi persecution.”


                      Yosef Poplack, First Vice President, NCYI
                          firstvp@youngisrael.org212 929 1525 x101 

For the past 104 years, the National Council of Young Israel has ably served the broader Jewish community. With more than 25,000 member families and nearly 200 branch synagogues throughout the United States, Canada, and Israel, the National Council of Young Israel is a multi-faceted organization that embraces Jewish communal needs and often takes a leading role in tackling the important issues that face the Jewish community in North America and Israel.
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