In response to this weekend’s violence in Charlottesville and last night’s attack on the Holocaust Memorial in downtown Boston, Jewish Alliance for Law and Social Action (JALSA) Executive Director Sheila Decter issued the following statement:
“JALSA condemns the domestic terrorist attack that took place in Charlottesville, Va. this weekend and mourns the loss of social justice warrior, Heather Heyer, those that were injured and the two police officers killed in the line of duty. As we hold Charlottesville in our hearts and minds, we are also outraged at the vandalism of the Holocaust Memorial in downtown Boston, the second this summer. We know that white supremacy is built upon both anti-Semitism and racism, therefore it is our responsibility to speak out against all forms of hatred, bigotry and violence.
“We have seen this fascist behavior before and we will not stand idly by as the Trump Administration refuses to properly disavow white supremacists, neo-nazis and all other hate groups that believe they have a space in our country.
“During these dark times, it is important that we remember that hope and action are the antidote to hatred and fear. It’s up to all of us, Jews and non-Jews alike, to speak out for what is right in this world. No one should be discriminated against based on the color of their skin, religion they practice, who they love, gender identity or immigrant status. We commit ourselves to justice and our continued work to bring all people together to create a more just and compassionate society.”