In response to rising xenophobia aimed at the Chinese American and Chinese communities over the spread of the Coronavirus, the Jewish Council for Public Affairs (JCPA) organized a letter of solidarity from the Jewish community. We believe it is important that the Jewish community express our solidarity and support for our Chinese American friends. Seventy-five Jewish organizations, including the Jewish Federation of Greater Harrisburg, have signed on to express their solidarity.
We are writing to express our heartfelt solidarity with you during these tense and troubling times.
We are concerned about rising xenophobia aimed at Chinese people in this country and abroad over the COVID-19 “coronavirus”. We know that in such times, concern can quickly turn into hysteria, which can lead to scapegoating. We pledge to help ensure that Chinese people feel safe and supported, and to combat attacks and stereotyping on social media. We know from history, ours and yours, that such fearmongering can be devastating.
We are also aware that many Chinese-owned businesses have been affected by misinformed concerns about the COVID-19 virus. Please be assured that we will strongly encourage our own community not to give in to such fears. According to Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergies and Infectious Diseases, the danger for Americans is “just miniscule” and there is no need to avoid Chinese people or businesses. Indeed, several Jewish communities have sent delegations to local Chinatowns to show their unwavering support.
The Chinese and Jewish communities share much in common, including a commitment to the highest ideals and welcoming spirit of America. We in the Jewish community are more committed than ever to upholding these ideals and ensuring they are extended to you, our friends and neighbors.
Lastly, we know many of you are concerned about the health of relatives and friends in China. We offer our thoughts and prayers.
Please do not hesitate to call upon us at any time.
JCPA President and CEO