In a stirring 5-minute talk delivered outside the National Mall on Tuesday, the 55-year-old lawyer and civil rights advocate expressed his support for the Jewish community both in America and Israel in light of the Israel-Hamas conflict and the recent rise in virulent, widespread anti-Semitism.
Jones, said “Now if you’re not Jewish, you may not know this, but since October 7th there has been literally an explosion of violence against Jewish people, up 400% in just the past 3 weeks, according to the FBI. Horrific acts of hatred against Jewish people.”
“I don’t want to be silent, because the Jewish community stood with the civil rights movement,” Jones continued to rapturous applause. “Walking arm-in-arm, facing death, going to jail. The Jewish community stood with the civil rights movement and I cannot be silent when Jews are under attack today.”