The Jewish Chronicle

Pittsburgh a big donor to Christchur­ch victims

- BY HENRY BENJAMIN SYDNEY

JEWISH COMMUNITIE­S from New Zealand, the US and Australia have handed over £500,000 to the victims who suffered loss in March when a lone gunman massacred 51 Muslims and injured 49 others.

Members of the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh, themselves victims of a similar attack in October 2018, were major donors.

“Our faith has a shared Abrahamic tradition, and Jews and Muslims have both suffered persecutio­n and racism historical­ly, and unfortunat­ely still do today,” said Stephen Goodman of the New Zealand Jewish Council. “The Jewish community, both in New Zealand and overseas, wanted the victims of the mosque attacks to know that we see them, we empathise with them, and we support them.”

Vic Alhadeff, the New South Wales Jewish Board of Deputies chief executive, travelled from Australia for the event. He said: “The massacre occurred at a time when people were at their most vulnerable — at prayer in a house of worship

“An attack on one faith is an attack on us all. We extend our heartfelt condolence­s to the families of the victims of the Christchur­ch massacre and we extend our hand in friendship in calling for an end to racism, an end to antisemiti­sm, an end to Islamophob­ia and an end to bigotry in all its forms.”

Ibrar Sheikh, from the Federation of Islamic Associatio­ns New Zealand, said: “To know that our Jewish brothers and sisters understand what we have gone through, and are still going through, and are there to help us in our recovery is very important to us.”

Part of the money, distribute­d by the Christchur­ch Foundation, will be allocated to interfaith projects.

 ?? PHOTO:NEIL MACBETH ?? The cheque was delivered this week
PHOTO:NEIL MACBETH The cheque was delivered this week

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