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Official Statement in Response to the Pittsburgh Attack



Telfed is the representative body of former Southern Africans living in Israel

In the wake of the outrageous attack on innocent Jewish worshippers at the Etz Chaim Synagogue in Pittsburgh last Shabbat, the Directorate of Telfed extends its heartfelt condolences to the families of the victims and its wishes to those injured for a complete and speedy recovery. Telfed stands in solidarity with the Jewish community of Pittsburgh.

Anti-Semitism has once again raised its ugly head. Our Jewish brethren around the world have become soft targets for dangerous militant groups. Communities in the diaspora are having to provide worshippers at their synagogues, children at their schools and employees at their institutions with sophisticated security systems to guarantee their safety. This is not acceptable. These resources could be better applied to furthering the needs of these communities.

Anti-Semitism is gaining traction in many forums across the entire political spectrum. What was, until a few years ago, considered as not being politically correct, is becoming more and more acceptable. The application of double standards when judging the actions of Jews and of Israel, the on-going efforts to demonize the Jewish people and to delegitimize their right to nationhood in their historical homeland, characterize this new form of anti-Semitism. Its aim is to create the public opinion that condones even the most despicable acts of anti-Semitism.

Telfed calls on the international community and governments around the world to take decisive action to effectively combat the rise of anti-Semitism and to provide Jewish and other minority communities with the security to pursue their religious and communal endeavors.


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