JCRC Statement on Antisemitic Violence in New York Area
Monday, December 30, 2019
The Indianapolis Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC) is outraged by the recent wave of violent attacks predominantly against the Orthodox Jewish community in and around the boroughs of New York City and various suburbs in New York and New Jersey. This string of horrific antisemitic attacks includes the targeted shooting at a kosher bodega in Jersey City, NJ killing four (including two Jewish patrons, one employee, and one local law enforcement officer), over a dozen incidents of physical and verbal attacks against Orthodox Jews as they walk the streets, and this weekend’s stabbing of five Jews as families came together to celebrate Hanukkah at the home of their rabbi in Monsey, NY. We mourn the tragic loss of life and pray for the recovery of all who were injured in these attacks.
Antisemitism is real and dangerous. It begins with the rhetoric of fear and conspiracy, directly fuels acts of hatred, and leads to violence and death. JCRC urges all Hoosiers to understand that these recent attacks are additional evidence of the hostility and violence that the Jewish community is currently confronting every day in our country, and around the world.
The Jewish community refuses to let attacks against us become normalized, or become numb to being victimized for our identity. Antisemitism is not only a problem for American Jews, it is a direct rejection of core American values of pluralism and liberty. While the Jewish community works to inform, empower, and protect ourselves, we implore all Hoosiers to recognize that preventing antisemitic violence is a collective responsibility.
JCRC has several programs aimed at fighting antisemitism, which are described on our website