In response to Philadelphia Eagles player DeSean Jackson's antisemitic comments, the Community Relations Council of the Jewish Federation of the Lehigh Valley released the following statement:
Our Jewish community is saddened, angry and frustrated with the recent statement made by DeSean Jackson on his Instagram account, and by the perceived silence and lack of condemnation that followed by many voices who have been vocal regarding other social and racial equality issues.
There is never a need for these types of comments, and in order for our community to move forward and reach a more equitable and fair society, it is imperative that we all condemn and forcefully respond to hatred in all forms.
These hateful statements will not deter us from the work that we are doing every day to engage with interfaith and civil leaders. We will continue to show up, just as they did when we needed them the most.