AJC Radio Message: A Helping Hand in New Orleans

February 14, 2006 New York – An American Jewish Committee initiative bringing young people to New Orleans over Presidents’ weekend is the centerpiece of AJC Executive Director David A. Harris’s national radio message.

 

“In our world, what unites us is far more important than what divides us. That’s why we’re offering a helping hand in New Orleans,” says Harris. “While some would seek to destroy, we seek to build. To us, that’s humanity’s highest calling.”

 

Harris’s commentaries on current topics of concern air on the Osgood File on more than 400 CBS stations across the country. All commentaries are available at www.ajc.org.

 

The following is the full text of this week’s commentary:

Later this week, a group of young people will head to New Orleans.

 

They’re part of an American Jewish Committee effort to help rebuild lives—and hope—in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.

 

We’ve also reached out to Dillard and Xavier universities, two church-affiliated, historically African American schools.

 

We’ve reached out to St. Clement’s of Rome, a Catholic church badly damaged in the storm, and to other houses of worship, including several synagogues.

 

In doing so, we’re making a statement about the kind of world in which we want to live.

 

Frenzied mobs in the Middle East burn Danish flags and torch buildings. Saudi schools teach contempt for non-Muslims. Radical Islamic preachers call for the beheading of so-called infidels.

 

That world is not our world.

 

In our world, what unites us is far more important than what divides us. That’s why we’re offering a helping hand in New Orleans. While some would seek to destroy, we seek to build. To us, that’s humanity’s highest calling.

 

This is David Harris of the American Jewish Committee.

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