(JNS.org) Israeli President Reuven Rivlin expressed his “support and solidarity” in the aftermath of the Charlottesville violence in a letter to the American Jewish community.
"The very idea that in our time we would see a Nazi flag—perhaps the most vicious symbol of anti-Semitism—paraded in the streets of the world's greatest democracy, and Israel's most cherished and greatest ally is almost beyond belief,” Rivlin noted in the letter, which was addressed to Malcolm Hoenlein, executive vice chairman of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations.
"We have seen manifestations of anti-Semitism again and again arise across the world; in Europe and the Middle East. In the face of such evil, we stand now as we did then….With faith in humanity, with faith in democracy, and with faith in justice. I know that the great nation of the United States of America and its leaders will know how to face this difficult challenge, and prove to the world the robustness and strength of democracy and freedom," he wrote.
Rivlin’s statements come amid heightened racial tensions in the U.S. following the events in Charlottesville last weekend. One woman was killed and at least 19 people were injured when a car driven by a white supremacist plowed into a crowd of people protesting a rally organized by white supremacists and neo-Nazis.