IHRA Chair’s Statement on Shooting at Chabad of Poway Synagogue, San Diego

IHRA Chair Ambassador Georges Santer expresses deep concern over the shooting at the Chabad of Poway Synagogue in San Diego and speaks about countering antisemitism and hate crimes.

“As the Chair of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance, it was with deep shock and sadness that I learned of the shooting at the Chabad of Poway Synagogue in San Diego on 27 April, on the final day of Passover. In the name of all 32 Member Countries of the IHRA, I express sincere condolences to the families and friends of Lori Gilbert-Kaye who was killed in the attack and our thoughts and sympathies are with Rabbi Goldstein, Noya Dahan and Almog Peretz who were wounded. We stand with the Jewish community in San Diego County.

With humanity still scarred by genocide, ethnic cleansing, racism, antisemitism and xenophobia, the international community shares a solemn responsibility to fight those evils. Six months after the shooting at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh, the IHRA condemns this antisemitic hate crime and calls on all political, social and religious leaders on the national and local level to speak out against hate speech, to ensure the security of their communities, and to support social and educational efforts to address all forms of antisemitism.”

Ambassador Georges Santer
IHRA Chair

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