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Aviv Asher, 2.5 years old, her sister Raz Asher, 4.5 years old and mother Doron arrive back in Israel after being held hostage by Hamas terrorists. Photo: IDF Spokesperson Unit.

Jewish, Christian leaders call on Congress to support Israel, fight antisemitism

Fifteen leaders of religious organizations and institutions signed a letter sent to Democratic and Republican congressional leaders earlier this week, urging legislators support Israel and the Jewish people. “We represent many faith traditions and have come together, in one united voice, to defend our shared humanity against barbarism and terror,” the letter said.

Israel declared war on Hamas after an October 7 attack by the terror group left more than 1,200 people dead and roughly 240 people taken captive, most of them Israeli civilians. Such noted religious leaders such as Faith & Freedom Coalition chairman Ralph Reed and Israel365 director Rabbi Tuly Weisz, Dr. James Dobson, John Hagee, Jordan Sekulow and Gordon Robertson signed the letter.

“As we’ve said many times, we support our Jewish brothers and sisters, both here at home and abroad,” Aaron Gulbransen, executive director of the Tennessee Faith & Freedom Coalition told the Daily Wire. “As Christians and as human beings, it is our duty to do so. The nation of Israel is our strongest ally in the Middle East, and the United States must stand by our ally.”

The religious leaders call on Congress to “fund Israel’s defenses as soon as possible” and pass a series of bills that would aim to combat antisemitism, such as the Countering Hate Against Israel by Federal Contractors Act and Antisemitism Awareness Act. The letter also calls on the “Department of Justice, Department of Homeland Security and other relevant agencies to take all necessary measures to prevent, prosecute and punish antisemitic hate crimes in the United States.”

The faith leaders asked the Biden administration to take a stricter approach with Qatar, an Arab nation that has made inroads with the West while maintaining deep connections to the Middle East’s terror groups.

“Force Qatar to choose between remaining a major non-NATO ally of the United States or continuing its support for Hamas leadership and terrorism,” the letter said. Qatar has close ties to Hamas and has granted the terror group’s leadership safe Haven in Doha, where Hamas’ main decision-making body meets.

–Dwight Widaman | Metro Voice

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