STATEMENT BY ROBERT G. SUGARMAN, CHAIRMAN, AND MALCOLM HOENLEIN, EXECUTIVE VICE CHAIRMAN OF CONFERENCE OF PRESIDENTS OF MAJOR AMERICAN JEWISH ORGANIZATIONS

New York, NY

Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations extends its condolences to the families of the victims of the shootings outside of two facilities of the Jewish community in Kansas City. The perpetrator is reported to have a history of both anti-Semitic and racist activities. It is a reminder of the dangers of homegrown terrorism and the threat posed by extremist organizations or individuals. Coming on the eve of Passover, it is particularly important that all community institutions take the proper steps to maximize security, but at the same time, people should not be dissuaded from attending communal events, services or programs.

 

During the Passover service, we are reminded that there are those who arise in every generation who are motivated by violent, baseless hatred, extremist ideologies and radical philosophies. While Jews may be targeted, all people become victims. We hope this will lead to more vigilance at every level to expose and act against those who promote, support or take part in such horrific acts. The best way to properly memorialize and pay tribute to the victims is to make sure that everything is done that it not happen again.

 

We are grateful to the authorities in Kansas and on the federal level for their response and ongoing efforts. The Secure Community Network team has been involved from the very first news of the attack and is working with police, FBI and Department of Homeland Security officials, as well as the local Jewish communal institutions, on a round-the-clock basis.

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