Jews show up to denounce religious hate
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.