APN Statement on the Fatal Mass Shooting at Pittsburgh Synagogue

Americans for Peace Now (APN) is devastated and outraged by the mass shooting murder at Pittsburgh’s Tree of Life congregation. We offer heartfelt condolences to the families whose loved ones were killed and wish full recovery to those injured.

This mass shooting is likely the deadliest attack on the Jewish community in US history, according to the Anti-Defamation League (ADL). As an American Jewish organization, APN is extremely concerned by rising anti-Semitism in the US and worldwide.

Anti-Semitism is in many instances agitated, or winked at, by political leaders. We call on fellow Americans, particularly those in the public sphere, to denounce hate speech and incitement against Jews and all groups of people. The perpetrator of this attack must be punished in accordance with the law. Leaders who have engaged in anti-Semitic provocation should be held accountable.

APN is the sister organization of the Israeli peace movement Shalom Achshav. APN's mission is to educate and persuade the American public and its leadership to support and adopt policies that will lead to comprehensive, durable peace between Israel, the Palestinians, and the broader Arab world.