JCU stands with San Diego

30/04/2019

Jewish Confederation of Ukraine joins World Jewish Congress and European Jewish Congress in expresseing condemnation and sorrow after a gunman opened fire inside a Chabad synagogue outside of Poway near San Diego, California, USA, during Saturday morning service, killing a woman and wounding three more people.

Once again, our worst nightmare as a Jewish community has become reality.

A World Jewish Congress delegation arrived in San Diego on Monday to stand in solidarity with the local Jewish community. The delegation is representing the more than 100 Jewish communities worldwide affiliated with the WJC, including JCU.

WJC CEO Robert Singer said: “Jews around the world stand shoulder-to-shoulder with the Jewish community of Poway in shock and disbelief at the nightmare that unfolded during prayers on the last day of Passover. Terror is indiscriminate, and we must recognize that unless we do everything in our power to stop it, we are all potential victims. We must be vigilant in upholding our values of liberty, tolerance, democracy, and security for all. We must stand firmly in solidarity with all religious communities when vile hatred threatens. We must never give in.” Singer added.

“Unfortunately, this attack, coming exactly six months after the mass murder in Pittsburgh, demonstrates a very worrying trend in antisemitism in the U.S.,” Dr. Moshe Kantor, President of the EJC, said. “This, coupled with the horrifically antisemitic caricature in the New York Times over the weekend and the repeated attempts by local political leaders to diminish, belittle and even in some instances, justify antisemitism, means that sadly the U.S. is moving towards European levels of antisemitism. We call on all leaders of the world to take the fight against antisemitism more seriously and clamp down on those who spread hate because eventually it becomes a problem for society as a whole.”