The Talmud warns,
"Pray for the welfare of the government,
for without it, man would swallow his fellow."
After watching violent and disturbing behavior in our nation’s Capitol today, defaming our nation’s values, we call in a unified, non-partisan voice for respectful and peaceful actions from our fellow Americans.
The Jewish Federation of Greater Portland and the national Jewish Council for Public Affairs strongly condemn the violent insurrection at the United States Capitol Building. This was a direct assault on our democratic process, and nothing less than an attempt to disrupt the peaceful transition of power in a presidential election and an act of sedition.
We urge in the strongest possible terms that President Trump and others immediately cease incendiary rhetoric and restore order. We urge members of Congress and other responsible elected officials to speak out against the violence and immediately cease all questioning the legitimacy of the election.
Those who have broken the law must be held accountable for their actions. We thank Capitol Police and law enforcement for putting themselves in harm’s way and keeping our elected officials and their staff safe.
We urge all Americans to stand together against politically motivated violence and for our democracy.