Information Regarding The Humanitarian Crisis in Israel
As your Jewish employees return to work after today’s federal holiday, we are reaching out to suggest some ways you can create space for those who may need support. First and foremost, it’s important to remember that this is not about politics, this is about people. Many Jewish employees are experiencing grief and trauma, and the way you discuss this subject and ensure their safety is paramount at this time.
- Voice your support: Share a message of support internally and/or externally from organization leadership (see examples below).
- Support Jewish employees: Create a safe space for impacted employees to gather and get support from one another. Allow for appropriate use of bereavement leave, or similar PTO policies.
- Educate: Create a mechanism for employees to learn more from trusted resources (see selection below). Research the topic at hand so that the onus of education does not fall on the community that needs support.
- Uphold policies: Ensure that you are meeting your legal obligations to protect all employees from harassment and/or discrimination (see additional information below).
- Listen: It’s ok to acknowledge that you don’t have all (or any) of the answers. Listening is a powerful tool to create a supportive environment.
- Hamas is an internationally recognized terrorist organization funded by Iran. Its charter expressly calls for the destruction of the State of Israel.
- The unprovoked attack was largely on civilians, including a music festival where over 260 attendees were murdered. Hamas has taken over 150 civilians hostage and is threatening to execute them unless Israel stops its military response.
- Previous violence in Israel has been linked to a sharp increase in antisemitism in the United States.
- ADL reported that 2022 marked the highest level of antisemitic incidents in the US since they began tracking in 1979.
- Statement from House Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries
- Statement by NBA, NBPA
- Statement by NFL
- Statement by MLB
- JPMorgan CEO Jamine Daimon pledges “support for the people of Israel” in internal memo
- Jeffries Financial Group press release
- Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla statement
- ADL Resources and Statements
- Shine A Light Speakers Bureau
- Project Shema Workplace Trainings and Resources
- Brandeis Center Legal Guidance
- AJC Resources on the October 7 Attack