We at CEJI-A Jewish Contribution to an Inclusive Europe are saddened and horrified by the antisemitic attack in the Pittsburgh Synagogue Tree of Life yesterday during Sabbath services. Our hearts go out to the victims and their families, and we stand in solidarity with the Pittsburgh Jewish community.
The problem of hate in society is growing and the interconnectedness between hate speech and hate crime can no longer be ignored or denied. The ideas expressed by the perpetrator of this deadly attack are all too common on social networks where their hatred is allowed to fester and build strength through connecting with other like-minded haters around the world. Conspiracy theories and polarizing political rhetoric only feed fuel to the fire of hatred which can all too quickly become deadly.
Our world is interconnected like never before and we must be vigilant to protect our communities, to stop the spread of hatred, to resist discourse that divides rather than unites. We also must ensure our future through educational measures which build resilience to antisemitism and racism, nurture diversity skills, and develop digital literacy for children and adults alike.