New York CIty Council Member Ben Kallos

Council Member Ben Kallos Statement on Mass Shooting at Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania

America is stronger together; no amount of hatred and violence will ever change that. As someone who could've just easily been at synagogue with his daughter this Shabbos, today my prayers are with the victims and families of those killed at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania. During times like these, we must stand together even closer against any form of bigotry and demand swift justice of anyone responsible for such a heinous act.

Mass shootings in our country’s schools, and now houses of worship must not be allowed to become the norm. It appears today’s tragic event was an act of home-grown terror and is the result of what happens when hate, racism, and anti-Semitism are not rooted out immediately but are left unchecked to thrive. Thank you to the first responders in Pittsburgh for their brave actions which I am sure saved many lives. New York City and the Upper East Side stand with Pittsburgh and pray for healing.

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