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