New York, NY… Harriet P. Schleifer, Chair, and William Daroff, CEO, of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, issued the following statement:
“It is encouraging that the preliminary ruling of the International Court of Justice (ICJ) did not call for a ceasefire nor label Israel’s actions as ‘genocidal.’ The ICJ should follow today’s ruling by simply dismissing the spurious and obscene allegations.
“In a just and fair process, based on the rule of law, we would fully expect the Jewish state to be acquitted at the conclusion of these proceedings. Knowing the biases that engulf international legal and diplomatic circles, we are pessimistic.
“We will continue to support Israel as it fights to root out Hamas and free both Israelis and Palestinians of the scourge of this terror organization.
“On the eve of International Holocaust Remembrance Day, we reiterate our unwavering commitment to the values of human rights and the moral imperative to prevent genocide. Spurious and ideologically-motivated allegations of genocide function as a form of modern-day blood libel and Holocaust inversion, which, by distorting facts and history, only undermine the ICJ’s role of identifying and combating actual genocide.”
The Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations is the recognized central coordinating body representing 50 diverse national Jewish organizations on issues of national and international concern.