B’nai B’rith International President Charles O. Kaufman and CEO Daniel S. Mariaschin have issued the following statement:
We are horrified by the murders of worshippers this morning at Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh. The depth of our grief is immeasurable. At least 11 are now dead with many injured.
It’s a devastating day for Jews in this country and around the world. But more than that, it’s another devastating day for tolerance and acceptance. The alleged shooter, now in custody, reportedly said: “All these Jews need to die,” as he fired his bullets on congregants.
We are living in an unparalleled toxic atmosphere of hate that seems endless. While we welcome politicians’ thoughts and prayers when murderous rages of hate occur, that must be followed by action on many levels. Tolerance and mutual respect, plus sensible gun control – especially for automatic weapons – are needed now.
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