August 31, 2016
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
The American Association of Jewish Lawyers and Jurists (AAJLJ) expressed its concern today over an anti-Semitic rally that took place in Lodz, Poland last Friday in advance of a local soccer match. According to news reports, during the rally, demonstrators ignited effigies dressed in attire meant to symbolize Orthodox Jews and unfurled a banner calling for the burning of Jews.
The AAJLJ sent the statement below to the Hon. Maciej Pisarski, Chargé d’Affaires of the Embassy of the Republic of Poland. Hon. Maciej Pisarski Chargé D’Affaires Embassy of the Republic of Poland 2640 16th Street, N.W. Washington, D.C. 20009 August 31, 2016 Dear Chargé d’Affaires Pisarski:
The American Association of Jewish Lawyers and Jurists (“AAJLJ”), represents lawyers and judges in the United States, many of whom have roots in Poland. Having become aware of reports of recent anti-Semitic demonstrations in Lodz, Poland related to football, we jointly call upon people of good faith, committed to the rule of law, to categorically condemn such behavior. With great pride in our heritage and as proud members of the bar in the United States, we soundly reject racism in all its forms and look to leadership in our communities and in Poland to join in condemning anti-Semitism. Sincerely yours, The Officers of the American Association of Jewish Lawyers and Jurists