MEDIA RELEASE: Kosher Supermarket Shooting in New Jersey
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The Executive Council of Australian Jewry, the national peak body representing the Australian Jewish community is deeply saddened and appalled by the fatal shootings at a kosher grocery store in Jersey City.
Three people are confirmed to have been shot dead inside the kosher shop: Linda Mindel Ferencz, 33, a mother of three children who owned the store with her husband; Moshe Deutsch, 24, a rabbinical student from Brooklyn; and Miguel Douglas, 49, who worked in the store. A police detective, Joseph Seals had earlier confronted the assailants and was shot and killed.
If, as is being reported, this attack deliberately targeted a Jewish facility it would constitute a further lethal antisemitic episode in the United States following the massacre at a synagogue in Pittsburgh in October last year, and a fatal shooting at a Chabad house in Poway, California in April this year. This attack comes at a time of soaring antisemitism in New York state and its environs where assaults targeting Jewish people have become alarmingly commonplace.
This tragedy demonstrates once more that antisemitism is not merely a condition confined to a single political ideology or religious group. To protect our societies from this evil and to ensure that Jews can go about their lives in peace, it is vital that there is an understanding of the depth of antisemitism, its nature, and its manifestations and a complete resolve on the part of governments, educators and households to drive this murderous condition from our midst. If we fail to do this, the very notion of free and tolerant societies will be in danger.