—FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE—
New Yor, N.Y. (Oct. 27, 2018) – The Islamic Circle of North America strongly condemns the terrible carnage today at the Tree of Life Synagogue in the Squirrel Hill neighborhood of Pittsburgh, PA.
A white supremacist stormed into the synagogue during Sabbath and fired upon innocent men, women, and children attending religious services, killing 11 and wounding 5. ICNA stands in solidarity with the victims and the Jewish community struck by this terrorist act of antisemitism.
The synagogue is a partner of the Jewish group HIAS, the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society, which was supporting efforts to bring and resettle refugees, including Muslim immigrants, in the United States. ICNA resolves to confront the scourge of antisemitism, Islamophobia, anti-Black racism, bigotry, and xenophobia in all of its ugly forms.
ICNA offers condolences and prayers to the victims and their loved ones. ICNA also appreciates the quick and courageous actions of law enforcement in apprehending the suspected perpetrator.
Today marks the 20th anniversary of the tragic events of September 11, 2001. It serves as both a reminder of one of the most traumatizing occurrences to unfold on American soil and as a testimony to the resilience of every community living here in America.