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AGUDATH ISRAEL OF AMERICA STATEMENT ON SHOOTING AT A CHURCH NEAR FORT WORTH, TEXAS
By LEAH ZAGELBAUM
Agudath Israel of America Statement on Shooting at a Church Near Fort Worth, Texas. Once again, there has been an attack on a place of worship, this one a church near Fort Worth, Texas. A gunman shot and killed two people during a service on Sunday before he was himself killed by members of the church security team.
Whether the murderer was motivated by some ideology isn’t yet known, but violence against worshippers and other innocent citizens has emerged from myriad mindsets.
Tragically, vicious hatred of “the other” -- whoever the other may be -- is increasingly common in our country. And it deserves the strongest condemnation, which we and all Americans of good will offer.
CONFERENCE OF PRESIDENTS SENDS CONDOLENCES TO WEST FREEWAY CHURCH
By ARTHUR STARK
We are outraged by the recent shooting at West Freeway Church in White Settlement, TX. The attack against innocent worshippers is particularly disturbing. It is abhorrent for any house of worship to become the site of senseless violence.
We extend our deepest condolences to the families of those killed and those wounded and extend our prayers and best wishes to the entire congregation.
BEND THE ARC STATEMENT ON MONSEY ATTACK
By ELLIOT LEVY
Following the stabbing attack at a rabbi’s home in Monsey, NY, during a Hanukkah celebration Saturday evening, yet another in a spate of recent antisemitic attacks against Hasidic communities in New York, Stosh Cotler, CEO of Bend the Arc: Jewish Action, released the following statement:
We are heartbroken by last night’s devastating attack in Monsey, the latest in a growing list of horrific antisemitic, violent acts directed in recent days against Jewish communities in New York and around the country. Jews deserve to be safe — in our homes, our synagogues, our cities — the rising tide of violence against our communities must be urgently addressed.
Yesterday’s attack took place during a celebration of Hanukkah, a holiday that celebrates the power of hope during bleak times and the determination of the Jewish people to survive against overwhelming odds. In that spirit, we send our love to the Monsey Jewish community, to the Hasidic community, to our Jewish family in New York and everywhere. Our pain must not be exploited to score political points, to spread fear, or to endanger other communities. We remain more determined than ever to continue organizing in solidarity for an end to hatred, bigotry and violence against our Jewish community and all people.
STATEMENT FROM AGUDATH ISRAEL OF AMERICA ON YOM KIPPUR KILLING IN GERMANY
Jews emerged from Yom Kippur to the devastating news of yet another anti-Semitic attack, this one aimed at worshipers in a synagogue in the German town of Halle on the holiest day of the Jewish year.
Thankfully, the gunman, who apparently announced his hatred of Jews before the attack and live-streamed it for the "entertainment" of other right-wing radicals with similarly warped minds, didn’t gain access to the worshipers. But he still managed to turn his ugly rage at others in the area, killing two and wounding two.
Agudath Israel of America offers its condolences to the families of those murdered, and its prayers for the full and speedy recovery of those wounded.
We join in the expressions of outrage at this latest assault, and offer, too, our appreciation of the condemnations of the shootings from the UN Secretary-General and leaders of governments that quickly came in its wake. The European Parliament’s moment of silence at the start of its Wednesday session, as word of the attack was just coming in, is also worthy of praise.
This new anti-Semitic rampage, however, reiterates the pressing need for a determined international effort to identify murderous radicals and disrupt their plans, and for equally determined law enforcement efforts to protect Jewish sites across the globe.
Glenn Mollette, Washington D.C.