The Orthodox Union (OU) expresses its deepest sympathies to the people of Jersey City, NJ, and its Jewish community, where a deadly gun battle through the streets on Tuesday left six people dead. The OU attended a meeting with Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop and visited the scene of the tragedy to pay its respects.
We thank local law enforcement for their immediate response and send our condolences to the family of Detective Joseph Seals who was killed in the line of duty protecting the residents of Jersey City during this tragic event.
“Anti-Semitism has always been a torment that Jews have been forced to reckon with for centuries. However, its resurgence in the United States and abroad is alarming for a new reason: the degree to which the mainstream of civil society has seemingly tolerated, without loud and sustained outcry, the most blatant acts of intolerance,” said Orthodox Union Executive Vice President Allen Fagin.
“Acts of violence like this are unfortunately, too common in our society today and should be condemned by all,” said Orthodox Union President Moishe Bane. “We call upon local and state authorities to increase efforts and resources to combat anti-Semitism.”