The Rabbinical Alliance of America — Igud HaRabbonim, representing over 950 American rabbis — joins Jews world over in mourning the cowardly, cold blooded Yom Kippur terror attack in Halle, Germany in which a heavily armed gunman shot two people dead, left explosives outside the synagogue and threw hand-grenades into a nearby Jewish cemetery before being captured by police. The terrorist was dressed in military fatigue. Wearing a head-mounted camera and microphone, he live-streamed the attack with his anti-Semitic and anti-immigrant diatribe.

Rabbi Mendy Mirocznik, executive vice-president of the Rabbinical Alliance of America, stated that, “The Rabbinical Alliance of America joins the Jews of Halle Germany and world over in mourning this brutal terrorist attack that took place on Yom Kippur, the holiest day of the Jewish calendar.” Rabbi Mirocznik called on the German authorities to investigate fully this horrific, cold-blooded attack and to take all legal steps to bring those responsible to the bar of justice. He continued, “The Jewish Community is no stranger to murder, with a history of pogroms, the Holocaust and terrorism in Israel. For millennia, the Jewish community has faced the evils of anti-Semitism, hatred and bigotry. Today, the Jewish community across the world is alarmed with the rising levels of European anti-Semitism, an ugly brand of proportions that Europe has not experienced since the close of the tragic Holocaust years. We, at the Rabbinical Alliance of America, call upon the German Government to take the lead in educating the public to the evils of hate, bigotry and anti-Semitism and to take additional steps necessary to reverse this sad, evil trend.”

May He who makes peace in Heaven, make peace on this earth. May it be the will of the Almighty that these agitators be influenced to reject their hateful ways and channel their energy into positive channels to help make this world a better place for all people.