Denver, CO, October 27, 2018 … The Anti-Defamation League Mountain States Region expressed shock and deep sadness following the horrific and fatal anti-Semitic attack at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh Saturday.
ADL Mountain States Regional Director Scott L. Levin issued the following statement:
“We are devastated and grief stricken by the horrific anti-Semitic attack at the Tree of Life Synagogue. Our hearts break for the families of those killed and injured and for the entire Jewish community of Pittsburgh. We also send wishes for healing and recovery for those first responders who were injured on scene.
“This is likely the deadliest attack on the Jewish community in the history of the United States. We are actively engaged with law enforcement locally and are deeply grateful for the numerous law enforcement agencies who jumped to action this morning to ensure the safety and security of those praying at synagogues across our region. We are also grateful for the many expressions of solidarity and support from elected officials, community leaders and interfaith leaders.
“It is simply unconscionable for Jews to be targeted during worship on a Sabbath morning, and unthinkable that it would happen in the United States of America in this day and age. Unfortunately, this violent attack – the deadliest anti-Semitic attack in the United States since 2014 – occurs at time when ADL has reported a historic increase in both anti-Semitic incidents and anti-Semitic online harassment. As we mourn those lost and search for answers, ADL will remain steadfast in its mission to fight anti-Semitism wherever and whenever it may occur.”
ADL is the world’s leading anti-hate organization. Founded in 1913 in response to an escalating climate of anti-Semitism and bigotry, its timeless mission is to protect the Jewish people and to secure justice and fair treatment for all. Today, ADL continues to fight all forms of hate with the same vigor and passion. A global leader in exposing extremism, delivering anti-bias education, and fighting hate online, ADL is the first call when acts of anti-Semitism occur. ADL’s ultimate goal is a world in which no group or individual suffers from bias, discrimination or hate. ADL’s Mountain States Region covers Colorado, New Mexico and Wyoming. More at http://denver.adl.org.