We stand in solidarity with Jews worldwide in condemning attacks in Belgium and France

Jewish United Fund/Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago leaders David T. Brown, chairman, and Steven B. Nasatir, president, issued the following statement in response to the May 24 murders of four people at the Jewish Museum of Belgium, followed by the brutal assault on two men leaving a Paris synagogue:

The attacks perpetrated over the weekend against people inside and in proximity to Jewish institutions in Belgium and France shook us to our core. Vicious and deadly assaults such as these remind us of the baseless—and seemingly boundless—hatred some people harbor towards Jews.

On behalf of Chicago’s Jewish community, and people of good conscience throughout our wider community, we express our deepest condolences to the families of those killed at the Jewish Museum of Belgium, including Israeli tourists Mira and Emmanuel Riva; Dominique Chabrier, a French volunteer; and Alexandre Strens, a  Belgian employee.

We pray for a refuah shleimah, a speedy and full recovery, for the men injured in France.

That the scourge of anti-Semitism continues to manifest in such crimes, testifies to the dark climate of hatred, provocation, incitement and delegitimzation that exists in some communities around the world. We call on the leaders of all nations to root out the menace of anti-Semitism and demonization, and to prosecute those who commit crimes motivated by extremism to the full extent of the law.

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