ING Stands with Jews and All Others Affected by Bigotry and Racism

We at ING are grieved and outraged by the recent attack on a Hanukkah party in New York that left five people injured. We wish, first of all, to express our solidarity with the victims of this and other attacks and to pledge to redouble our efforts to combat anti-Semitism and all forms of bigotry and hate.
This latest anti-Semitic attack comes on the heels of a series of anti-Semitic hate crimes. Last Monday and Tuesday, Jewish communities suffered three attacks in 24 hours. On Monday, a man wearing a kippah was assaulted by a person yelling anti-Semitic comments who punched him in the face and kicked him repeatedly when he fell to the ground. On Tuesday, a group of youths shouted anti-Semitic slurs at a Jewish man walking down the street and then threw a bottle at him. Later that day, another Jewish man was violently assaulted. All this is on top of the murder of a woman by a white supremacist at a synagogue in Poway, California and of four people at a kosher supermarket in Jersey City, NJ, this year. A neo-Nazi organization targeted synagogues across the country with fliers calling the Holocaust “fake news.” The Anti-Defamation League has reported that there were 780 anti-Semitic incidents recorded just in the first half of 2019. We at ING, with our long history of close relationship with the Jewish community, wish to express our condemnation of anti-Semitism and our solidarity with Jews in this country and around the world. Anti-Semitism is a cancer that must be rooted out of our society.
Jews are not the only ones under attack. Word just came that a shooter at a church in Texas killed one person and seriously injured another before being killed himself. Three weeks ago, also in Texas, a Catholic Church was vandalized and burned; the attackers specifically attacked an image of Our Lady of Guadalupe, which suggests that the attack was motivated by anti-Latinx racism.
This news comes in the context of ongoing bias incidents and attacks against Muslims, Sikhs, Hindus, African Americans, and others that have spiked since the start of the 2016 election season. Any person or community not visibly white and Christian is endangered by this surge in bigotry and hate crimes. Indeed, the very fabric of our country, founded on pluralism and mutual understanding and acceptance, is under attack.
This situation confirms ING’s understanding that all forms of racism and bigotry are interconnected and that it is impossible to combat one without confronting them all. This is precisely why ING launched a new Intercultural Speakers Bureau program to address the roots and interconnectedness of all forms of bigotry and ways to begin to combat institutional racism. We hope you will join with us in supporting ING and all organizations working to defeat hate.

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