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August 6, 2012 11:22 am

U.S. Jewish Groups React to Deadly Attack on Sikh Community

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Scene outside Sikh Temple of Wisconsin following deadly attack. Photo: New Yorker.

Jewish groups are expressing their condolences to the victims of Sunday’s deadly attack on a Sikh temple in Wisconsin, which killed 6 people inside the place of worship.

“We fully share with our friends in the Sikh community outrage over this inhuman assault, and cannot begin to fathom why any gunman would target their Wisconsin temple,” said AJC Executive Director David Harris. “Let’s be clear: Violence against a house of worship is an assault on the core values at the foundation of American society.”

On Tuesday, the suspect was identified as Wade Michael Page, a former member of the U.S. Army who was given a less-than-honorable discharge  in 1998.

“The leadership of Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America expresses our deep sympathy to the community of the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin and our condolences to the families of the innocent people who were killed and wounded,” the group wrote in a statement on its website.  “We also express our grave concern over a place of religious worship being violated by a heinous act of violence.”

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Page was killed in a shootout with police officers who responded to the attack, and the case is being treated as one of “domestic terrorism”, according to local police in Oak Creek, WI.

Manmohan Singh, the Prime Minister of India – which is home to the world’s largest population of Sikhs – released a statement on Monday as well.

“India stands in solidarity with all the peace-loving Americans who have condemned this violence.”

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