Responding to Pittsburgh

posted October 29, 2018

Saturday's mass murder at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh, the most deadly antisemitic attack in U.S. history, was meant as an attack against Jews in general, their place as a part of American society, and the work of the refugee agency the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society (HIAS). The attack has occurred at a time when hate crimes in general have increased for the fourth straight year in the country's largest cities, and antisemitism in different manifestations has been newly emboldened in the United States and abroad.

The Katz Center wishes to express its deepest condolences to those directly affected by the violence, the families of the victims, and the police who were injured while trying to stop the shooter.

As a research center devoted to the study of Jewish history, the Katz Center responds not only with grief and condemnation but with a recommitment to its mission of promoting understanding and cooperation across borders. For Jews, the "Tree of Life" has long symbolized a commitment to knowledge and study. In the face of the ignorance and xenophobia that fuel antisemitism, the Katz Center holds fast to the pursuit of truth, to its mission to disseminate knowledge about the Jews within the broader public, and to the embrace of the other across religious and ethnic differences.

 

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