(CNN) – In an attempt to short-circuit false rumors about Barack Obama that have circulated on the Internet, his presidential campaign has released a “letter to the Jewish community" from seven Jewish senators – none of whom have endorsed a presidential candidate – publicly condemning the e-mails.
Sens. Carl Levin, Barbara Boxer, Ben Cardin, Russ Feingold, Frank Lautenberg, Bernie Sanders and Ron Wyden signed the letter, which was sent to reporters Saturday.
"Over the past several weeks, many in the Jewish community have received hateful e-mails that use falsehood and innuendo about Sen. Barack Obama's religion and attack him personally. As Jewish United States senators who have not endorsed a candidate for the Democratic nomination, we condemn these scurrilous attacks,” they say in the letter.
“We find it particularly abhorrent that these attacks arc apparently being sent specifically to the Jewish community. Jews, who have historically been the target of such attacks, should be the first to reject these tactics.”
The campaign sent out a similar letter, signed by community letters representing most of the major Jewish organizations in the United States, earlier this week.
–CNN Associate Political Editor Rebecca Sinderbrand