Ansari Institute statement on mass shooting at Pittsburgh synagogue

Author: Ansari Institute

The Ansari Institute condemns the October 27 shooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue. We mourn with friends and relatives of the eleven worshippers killed by gunfire, and stand in solidarity with all Jews in Pittsburgh, across the nation, and around the world. At a historical moment when ethno-religious nationalism is rising, and we see more and more anti-Semitic and anti-Muslim rhetoric, it is tragic but not surprising that the gunman, who “wanted all Jews to die,” also was outraged that HIAS, the global Jewish non-profit that protects refugees, had aided displaced Muslims and migrants of other faiths. Evidence suggests the assailant shot the worshippers because HIAS is resettling “invaders” that “kill our people.” But, for us, all people are our people. And hatred is never right, even if the nationalism of the moment trades in fear, rests on conspiracies, and highlights differences. Celebrating our shared commitment to form one from many, we stand ready to combat anti-Semitism, Islamophobia, and all divisive speech and aggressive actions that deny the freedom and dignity of our brothers and sisters. All of them.