deadliest attack on jewish community in U.S.
hate crime takes the lives of 11, injures 6
by melinda bak, 10.27.2018
While Sabbath prayers were underway, an unhinged hater walked into Tree of Life Synagogue in Squirrel Hill, Pennsylvania, on Saturday morning and yelled, "all jews must die." He took aim and meant to leave no man or woman standing.
11 people have died and 6 are being treated for injuries, including 2 police officers and 2 SWAT team members. One of the officers remains in critical condition, said Pittsburgh Public Safety Director Wendell Hissrich. The shooter was taken down by police fire, arrested, hospitalized, is in fair condition and being sentenced.
"Law enforcement did an incredible job," said President Trump, stating that the results of the rampage were "very devastating" and that "this never should have happened."
"They were brutally murdered," said Bob Jones, FBI Pittsburg Special Agent, "by a gunman targeting them simply because of their faith."
The shooter's Gab.com account included hate-diatribes against Jews whom he claimed were helping transport members of the migrant caravans. Re-posting a video from another Gab-user, he took issue with a Jewish refugee advocacy group HIAS that purportedly serves on the US-Mexico border, something the shooter called, "evil."
A Saturday morning threat, on social media read, "Screw your optics, I’m going in.”
Our hearts break for our Jewish brothers and sisters, our first responders and their families. We stand in solidarity with you on the right to kneel before God without fear, without harm, without hate.
It's our practice at threefaiths to refrain from glorifying the works of haters. We advocate removing their names from remembrance (NO-NAMES) rather than advancing their cause by inflating their place in history. Read more about why these misled people do what they do, and why we are not helpless.
In a time when too many individuals on the social and psychological margins of reality (on both the left and the right) are pushed toward extremism by incendiary and provocative
labeling of entire people groups - this is our moment to stand with one another across dividing lines. Be the voice of faith and reason.
Defy stereotype and start a conversation.
faith groups save lives
during texas flood
More than a trillion gallons of water fell in under 7-days. That's just over four feet, the height of an average 8-year-old boy. So who's there helping? People from every branch of service and stream of life and faith, saving lives without distinction. Check out Charity Navigator's top faith-based charities; where your giving makes a real difference. READ MORE
7 facts you need to know
With historical roots for Jews, Christians and Muslims, today, no one is safe in Damascus. Syrian rebels (and their backers - Turkey, Jordan, Gulf Arab States, and the US) are fighting President Bashar al-Assad's government (and their backers - Russia, Iran, Hezbollah, and Shia Muslim militias). Both sides are fighting ISIS who is trying to destroy both the rebels and the government. To date, there are more than 6-million Syrian refugees (Christians, Muslims, and Jews) displaced and living in foreign lands, with another 6.3-million internally displaced to other regions within Syria. READ MORE
muslims stand in solidarity
54 Jewish Community Centers in 27 states have received nearly 70 bomb threats during the first two months of 2017. At this Jewish cemetery in Missouri, more than 100 graves were desecrated. Learn how the Muslim community stood up and made a difference. READ MORE
The first Somali-American woman to be elected to public office is tenacious and American. Raised in Somalia, Omar learned to duck from gun fire in Mogadishu. In America, she would faced middle school marauders who tugged at her clothing and stuck gum in her hijab (headscarf). Resilience was learned young. When it came to running for office, she would need every bit of that overcoming spirit. READ MORE
athlete swims for refugees
Training in a Damascus pool where the roof had been blown open by bombings, 100-meter Olympian, Yusra Mardini dared to believe in her Olympic dream. But, a year ago this month on August 21, Yusra was swimming for her life in the Aegean Sea. READ MORE
christians safeguard muslims
As Muslims bowed in prayer in Tahrir Square in Cairo Egypt (2011), pro-regime vigilantes began to throw stones. In response, a group of Christians joined hands and faced out surrounding hundreds of Muslim protesters so that they might pray without fearing for their lives. Christians and Muslims, standing together. READ MORE (DAILY MAIL)
refugees come aboard
Nearly 11-million Syrians who have fled the bombs and bullets that have devastated their homes. While 6.6 million are internally displaced, 4.8 million have fled Syria altogether, many washing up on the shores of Lesvos, Greece; gateway to Europe. READ MORE
egyptian muslims & christians still stand together
In the years since the revolution, Coptic Christians and Muslims in Luxor, Egypt, are standing together, praying together and protecting one another against the political forces who thrive on division. When Christians and Muslims fight, the people look to factions like the Muslim Brotherhood (or ISIS) for political solutions. When Christians and Muslims stand together, the narrative of destructive forces is no longer as compelling. In this 2015 video, Christian and Muslim leaders continue to stand together. SEE MORE
jews step out & protect muslims
Jewish Shomrim patrol the London streets. Their presence dissuades would-be-criminals and they average almost 200 arrests a year. When local Muslim neighborhoods experienced an uptick in crime that included Islamophobia-based murders, attacks, and the firebombing of a local mosque, the Shomrim extended their patrol into Muslim neighborhoods.
READ MORE (Times of Israel)
life inside a refugee camp
Obtaining special permission from the United Nations (UNHCR), Filmmakers Chris and Zach make an unprecedented recording of life inside a Za'atari refugee camp where they are allotted a refugee's quota of supplies and a UN tent. Putting down stakes alongside Za'atari's residents they uncover inspiring stories of individuals rallying, against all odds, to rebuild their lives and those of their neighbors.
Za'atari (مخيم الزعتري) is a refugee camp hosted by Jordan and run by the United Nations (UNHCR). Opened in 2012, Za-atari was oringinally meant to house 20,000. It is now home to more than 120,000 refugees escaping violence in Syria's ongoing civil war. Za'atari is Jordan's fifth largest city, one that is gradually evolving into a permanent settlement.
Updated 7-2018: check out this Chris and Zach's website and their incredible film Salam (Hello) Neighbor available on Amazon Prime or on-demand anywhere in the world at VIMEO.
three faiths celebrate ramadan
Christians, Jews, and Muslims joined together on the first night of Ramadan (2016) — in a display of solidarity. "If we don’t stand together, who will? If not me, who? If not you, who will come? So, we show our support and we plan to do it again.”
READ MORE (Daily Freeman)
christians & muslims
Faced with the threat of terrorist attacks in West Africa, Muslims and Christians have stepped across boundaries to help one another. On Fridays in Cameroon, Christians guard the mosques as Muslims pray. Muslims return the favor by protecting churches during Sunday services. READ MORE (Good News Network)
muslims put their lives
on the line for christians
Muslim passengers risked their lives by refusing to leave the side of Christian passengers during an extremist attack on a bus in Kenya. “Everybody can profess their own religion, but we are still one country and one people.” A powerful moment of Muslims standing together with Christians.
According to the BBC, when Somali terrorists tried to sort through passengers on the bus, sparing the Muslims and shooting the Christians, Muslim passengers gave some non-Muslims their religious attire to wear so they wouldn't be identified. "We stuck together tightly,” Abdi Mohamud Abdi, a Muslim passenger, told Reuters.
“The militants threatened to shoot us, but we still refused and protected our brothers and sisters. Finally they gave up and left but warned that they would be back.” READ MORE (Washington Post)
muslims & jews
create true community
Rabbi Herschel Gluck, founder of the Muslim-Jewish Forum, said that among Jews and Muslims, "There is a palpable feeling of warmth when one sees members of the other community in the street or going about our business," Gluck told Al Jazeera. "It is not just that we tolerate each other. We actually engage constructively as very good neighbors with each other." READ MORE (Aljazeera)
muslims protect jews
Muslims in Norway formed a Fredens Ring (Friendship Ring) of protection and kinship around an Oslo synagogue following Shabbat services. “Islam is about rising above hate and never sinking to the same level as the haters. Islam is about defending each other.” Muslims standing together with Jews. READ MORE (Haaretz)