ADL Mourns Jack Kemp, Strong Supporter of Israel and a Friend of the American Jewish Community
New York, NY, May 4, 2009 … The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) mourns the passing of Jack Kemp, a good friend of the American Jewish community and the State of Israel.
Jack Kemp was a strong and outspoken supporter of pro-Israel issues during his years in Congress, as a Cabinet secretary, and as a vice presidential nominee. He was a leader in Congress on behalf of Soviet Jewry struggling in the then-Soviet Union to live as Jews or leave. His commitment was shared by his wife, Joanne, who was a co-chair of the Congressional Wives for Soviet Jewry.
Jack was a strong advocate of democracy abroad, and equally passionate about civil rights here at home. He was committed to an American democracy that provided equal opportunity for all.
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