亚利桑那中华商会、亚省时报共同发起 向犹太社区发函致谢

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【本报讯】新冠病毒疫情在全球蔓延,原本应是各国通力合作,共同抗击疫情之时,不少国家却传来“反华”、“辱华”的不和谐音。面对这一情况,美国的犹太人群体出面,声援中国人和华人。

美国犹太人公共事务委员会(JCPA)2月21日组织74个美国犹太人组织发表联名信,批评日益高涨的排华情绪的同时,也对美国华裔和华人社区表达了坚定的支持。这封信的中英文版本发给全美各华人社区组织,也发表在该组织的推特、网站和脸书上。

犹太社区关系组织负责人Paul Rockower撰写了一篇名为“When global health issues arise, solidarity is the antidote”的文章,发表在再次支持亚太裔,发表在3月6日的犹太新闻上。

每年五月,是美国法定的“亚太裔传统月”,同时也是“犹太传统月”,有感于此,亚利桑那中华商会、本报共同发起,商会会长李江博士起草信函,本地17个华人社团/媒体联名签署,代表本地华人社区向犹太社区表示感谢,也表达了共同构建两个社区良好关系的愿望。

信函全文如下:

May 28, 2020

Paul Rockower

Executive Director

Jewish Community Relations Council

Re:   Letter of Appreciation to Jewish Council for Public Affairs

 

Dear Paul Rockower,

Thanks for the Letter of Support, both in English &Mandarin dated February 21, 2020, to Our Friends in the Chinese American and Chinese Communities by Jewish Council for Public Affairs, on behalf of more than 70 Jewish organizations from the across the United States, including the rabbinical bodies of the four major branches of Judaism.

Equally thankful is your article “When global health issues arise, solidarity is the antidote” published on Jewish News dated March 6, 2020.

We are thrilled and deeply appreciative of your support and care when Chinese communities across the US are experiencing difficulties and discrimination due to the wide spread of malicious allegations and misinformation against Chinese Americans over fears of the COVID-19 or Coronavirus.

The long-lasting friendship between us may be traced as far back as World War II. Dr. Ho Feng Shan, the consul general of the then Nationalist Chinese government’s consulate in Vienna, saved perhaps tens of thousands of Jews from the Holocaust by issuing visas allowing desperate Jews to escape from Nazi-occupied Austria — in defiance of his superior’s orders. Dr. Ho is often hailed as “the Chinese Schindler,” in honor of this great man. Chinese families in Shanghai and Harbin, risked their lives, opened their doors to host tens of thousandsof European Jews escaping Japanese persecution. From the start, there was a friendship and warmth among our communities, and it is our honor to continue that tradition here in Arizona and US.

Coincidently, this May is the Jewish American Heritage Month and also Asian American & Pacific Islander Heritage Month. Together, we pledge to uphold our historical friendship and carry on our tradition and heritage forward to celebrate many of our shared values such as family, education, entrepreneurship, etc.

Thank you again for your kindly and timely support.

 

Sincerely,

 

John J. Lee, Chinese Chamber of Commerce of Arizona

Dianna Noli Hill, Chengdu-Phoenix Sister City Committee

Jason Wong, Asian Corporate & Entrepreneur Leaders

Vic Reid, Asian Chamber of Commerce

Tony Tang, Chinese United Association of Great Phoenix

Ning Wu, Arizona Chinese Association

Jerry Dai, United Chinese Association of Arizona

Diana Ho, Phoenix Chinese Week

Donald Mui, Chinese Restaurant Association of Arizona

Xu Qiang, Association of Chinese American Scientists & Engineers

Homer Zhang, Arizona History Association

Eva Li, Chinese American Citizens Alliance of Arizona

Kaiying Zhen, Arizona Chinese News/Arizona Chinese American

Lily Wang, Phoenix Chinese Press

Joyce Zhang, Asian American Times

Teresa Woo, Next Week of Arizona

Lirong Wong, Arizona Chinese TV/Arizona Asian TV

 

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