Humanitarian agencies condemn attack at Pittsburgh synagogue
Atlanta, Nov. 1, 2018 — The mission agency of The United Methodist Church is among 74 faith-based and humanitarian organizations condemning the Oct. 27 massacre at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh as not only anti-Semitic but also an attack on groups that welcome refugees into the United States.
The General Board of Global Ministries is among the signers of a statement on the incident originated by InterAction, a coalition of organizations working to end poverty, disease and injustice around the world. Global Ministries is an InterAction member.
The statement points out that the Pittsburgh gunman who killed 11 persons at the synagogue had earlier spread “hate and disinformation” about the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society (HIAS) and InterAction member that provides “welcome, safety and freedom to refugees.”
“The acceleration of discrimination and intolerance must be halted and reversed,” the statement declares. “Such hatred runs counter to our values as Americans, hurts our sector’s efforts to address growing global needs and erodes our nation’s integrity. Together, we deeply mourn the lives lost at the Tree of Life synagogue, and we resolve to intensify our work to ensure that organizations like ours can continue to help the communities we serve.”
The 74 signers of the statement represent most faith-based humanitarian organizations based in the U.S. Most, like Global Ministries, have international programs.