Statement on the Attack at the Tree of Life Synagogue

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Montreal, October 29th, 2018

Palestinian and Jewish Unity condemns the odious and criminal attack by the extreme-right militant and Trump devotee, Robert Bowers which resulted in the deaths of eleven members of the Jewish community of Pittsburgh and the wounding of six others, all at prayer at the Tree of Life synagogue on Saturday morning, October 27th, 2018. This crapulous hate-crime is the bitter fruit of the rise of the new fascism which calls itself the ‘Alt-Right’ movement. We express our deep sympathy with the bereaved families and friends of the victims of this senseless crime.

What we are witnessing at present – growing out of a terrain sown with the seeds of neo-liberal austerity planning and the accompanying job loss, impoverishment and breaking down of the social fabric – is the emergence of ever-increasing xenophobic, anti-immigrant and anti-visible minority extreme-right movements, akin to those which rose in the Twenties and Thirties of the previous century on the heels of the Great Depression. (more…)

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