Jews show up to de­nounce re­li­gious hate

Sunday Tribune - - METRO - LUNGANI ZUNGU lungani.zungu@inl.co.za See Page 20

JEWS around the world used the Shab­bat ser­vice held from Fri­day to yes­ter­day to de­nounce the hate against them in a global cam­paign dubbed #Showup­for­shab­bat.

This fol­lowed the at­tack dur­ing Shab­bat prayer ser­vices at the Tree of Life Or L’sim­cha Con­gre­ga­tion in Pitts­burgh, which left 11 peo­ple dead.

The at­tacker was armed with an AR-15 as­sault ri­fle and at least three hand­guns and al­legedly shouted anti-semitic slurs be­fore open­ing fire in a Pitts­burgh syn­a­gogue on Satur­day last week.

Ac­cord­ing to re­ports, the sus­pect was charged with 29 crim­i­nal counts. They in­cluded ob­struct­ing the free ex­er­cise of re­li­gious be­liefs, a hate crime and us­ing a firearm to com­mit mur­der. He also faced state charges, in­clud­ing 11 counts of crim­i­nal homi­cide, six counts of ag­gra­vated as­sault and 13 counts of eth­nic in­tim­i­da­tion.

Mark Smit, who at­tended a prayer ser­vice in Morn­ing­side, Dur­ban, said: “No one should be at­tacked for their re­li­gious af­fil­i­a­tion. We are against hate and anti-semitism. We are here to say enough is enough, no re­li­gion should be at­tacked.”

Charisse Zeifert, head of com­mu­ni­ca­tion at the SA Jewish Board of Deputies, thanked mem­bers of the Jewish com­mu­nity who flocked to syn­a­gogues across South Africa in sup­port.

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