Jewish-American Leaders

Endorse Kurdish Independence

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Several American Jewish leaders have endorsed Kurdish independence from Iraq, the Algemeiner reported.

The autonomous Kurdish Regional Government overwhelmingly voted for independence on Monday.

Rabbi Marvin Hier of the Simon Wiesenthal Center stated, "We know what a great struggle Israel endured, so we empathize with the Kurds. ... We had the same game played on us that’s now being played on them."

The Zionist Organization of America chief Morton Klein praised Kurdish moderation, saying, “The Kurds have been one of the very few positive and rational forces in the Mideast, who have suffered greatly at the hands of radical Muslims."

The ZOA, he said, "supports independence for this deserving and embattled people."

Malcolm Hoenlein of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations stated, "Obviously, we have great sympathy for the Kurds" and cited their longstanding relationship with Israel.

"Israel, over the years, has helped the Kurds in various ways, and so have Jews from America and Europe," he added. "And the Kurds openly proclaim their pro-Israel position. You see Israeli flags at their demonstrations, which is great."

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