FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Press Release: CIJA Horrified and Outraged by Violent Antisemitic Attack in Monsey, New York
December 29, 2019
Ottawa, ON—Last night, during a Chanukah celebration in Monsey, New York, a man entered a private residence during Chanukah celebrations and began stabbing attendees.
Upon learning this, Shimon Koffler Fogel, CEO of the Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs (CIJA), issued the following:
“We were horrified and outraged to learn of the heinous attack that occurred during Chanukah celebrations last night. Our thoughts are with the victims of this act of antisemitic violence, and with the entire community in Monsey.
“All people of goodwill – Jewish and non-Jewish alike – must unite in condemning this act of antisemitic violence. Antisemtism is not only a Jewish problem. It is reliable predictor of a malaise in society that impacts everyone. This was the second attack in Monsey in a month, and allegedly the sixth attack on Jews in the U.S. during the eight days of Chanukah. This is utterly unacceptable. Jew hatred expressed as violent attacks like this one are becoming commonplace. As a society, we must not allow ourselves to become numb to this severe and increasing problem. The response must be in line with the severity of the attack, and authorities must take proactive action to ensure the security of all citizens.
“Jew hatred must be condemned by all regardless of whether it comes from the right, the left, radical religious extremists, or anywhere else that has been infected by the virus of antisemitism.
“CIJA has been in touch with law enforcement in Canada. There is nothing to indicate an elevated threat here, though we remind members of our community to remain vigilant and follow existing security protocols. If you see something suspicious, call police immediately. Jewish Canadians are resilient and we will not be intimidated by these acts of domestic terrorism.”
The Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs (CIJA) is the advocacy agent of the Jewish Federations of Canada-UIA.