Posted on April 27, 2019 in Press Releases


April 27, 2019

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AAI Statement on Fatal Shooting at Chabad of Poway Synagogue

WASHINGTON, DC – Maya Berry, Executive Director of the Arab American Institute, made the following statement after receiving news of a fatal shooting at a synagogue in Poway, California:

"We are heartbroken to learn about today's shooting at the Chabad of Poway synagogue, which has left at least one person dead and multiple wounded. That today marks the end of Passover, one of the most important weeks in the Jewish calendar, makes this attack all the more devastating. News reports indicate this egregious act of violence was yet another hate crime targeting people in a place of worship.

"We mourn with the American Jewish community as they endure the pain of a second violent attack at a synagogue in recent months. The Tree of Life shooting occurred exactly six months ago, to the day. We will persist in our relentless advocacy to end the scourge of hate crime and promote a more peaceful, equitable, and just society.


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