IHRA Chair’s Statement on Shooting in New Jersey

Ambassador Georges Santer, Chair of the IHRA, expresses condolences to the families of the victims of a shooting incident in New Jersey, stressing on the need to counter antisemitism and hate crimes.

Ambassador Georges Santer, Chair of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) said: “It was with deep shock that I learned of the fatal shooting at the JC Kosher Supermarket on 11th December in New Jersey. I express my sincere condolences to the families and friends of those murdered in the attack, as well as its survivors, and the whole Jewish community across New Jersey.

We condemn this abhorrent and antisemitic hate-crime. IHRA works tirelessly to counter antisemitism in all of its forms. We are calling on political, social and religious leaders to speak out against all hate crimes, acts of violence or incitement, and to support social and educational efforts to address them. We also urge all members of society to stand together in order to ensure that we can all live in security and peace and put a stop to the rising tide of antisemitism. Antisemitism is not a Jewish issue. It is an issue for all societies in which it grows.”

The International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) unites governments and experts to strengthen, advance and promote Holocaust education, research and remembrance and to uphold the commitments to the 2000 Stockholm Declaration.