There are no words to describe the horror and atrocity of today’s shooting at the Tree of Life Congregation in Pittsburgh. With bowed heads, we envelop all the families who have suffered loss through this traumatic event with our hearts, comfort, and love, and pray for the speedy recovery of all who were wounded; the Squirrel Hill neighborhood and entire city of Pittsburgh, as they struggle to deal with this tragedy in their community; and also with the Jewish people as a whole, who continue to witness reminders of the presence of anti-Semitism and hate which continue to permeate our world.
Taking innocent lives in a house of worship where people come together as a peaceful community, for no reason other than their religion, is simply the most vicious and unimaginable type of terror attack. While we are truly heartbroken and grieve with those directly impacted, we offer our strength, support, and love for the excruciating days ahead. We know it will take a long time for the community to get through the sadness and anger of such tragedy in its own backyard, and also know that the city and community of Pittsburgh are resilient and will come through even stronger than before.
A day like today reminds us that we are one people, no matter where we live, what we believe, and how we practice; we are a people targeted simply because of who we are. We need to always stand together completely united and in unwavering solidarity. Only together, as one people with one destiny, will we be able to overcome this insidious anti-Semitism and the other challenges we are facing as a nation.
May the memories of those lost be for a blessing, and may we never know from such tragedy again.
Maj. Gen. (Res.) Meir Klifi-Amir
National Director and CEO
Friends of the IDF (FIDF)