Statement from Agudath Israel of America on Yom Kippur Killing in Germany
Jews emerged from Yom Kippur to the devastating news of yet another anti-Semitic attack, this one aimed at worshipers in a synagogue in the German town of Halle on the holiest day of the Jewish year.
Thankfully, the gunman, who apparently announced his hatred of Jews before the attack and live-streamed it for the “entertainment” of other right-wing radicals with similarly warped minds, didn’t gain access to the worshipers. But he still managed to turn his ugly rage at others in the area, killing two and wounding two.
Agudath Israel of America offers its condolences to the families of those murdered, and its prayers for the full and speedy recovery of those wounded.
We join in the expressions of outrage at this latest assault, and offer, too, our appreciation of the condemnations of the shootings from the UN Secretary-General and leaders of governments that quickly came in its wake. The European Parliament’s moment of silence at the start of its Wednesday session, as word of the attack was just coming in, is also worthy of praise.
This new anti-Semitic rampage, however, reiterates the pressing need for a determined international effort to identify murderous radicals and disrupt their plans, and for equally determined law enforcement efforts to protect Jewish sites across the globe.