US Jewish Organizations Condemn New York City Terror Attack
US Jewish organizations have strongly denounced Tuesday’s terrorist attack in New York City, in which eight people were killed and 11 more injured when a suspected Islamist drove a truck into a pedestrian and bicycle path in lower Manhattan.
The terrorist — 29 year-old Uzbek immigrant Sayfullo Saipov — is now in police custody after being shot at the scene.
World Jewish Congress President Ronald S. Lauder said he unequivocally condemned the “senseless act of terror.”
“It is beyond terrifying that such acts of indiscriminate violence and intimidation have become so familiar around the world, and to know that nobody is immune to such horrors,” Lauder said. “We must stand together against those seeking to destroy our liberties and our way of life.”
“We stand in solidarity with the people of New York, and trust that the city’s authorities will remain vigilant and do everything possible to prevent future threats of this kind,” he continued.
Anti-Defamation League CEO Jonathan Greenblatt said his organization was “heartbroken and horrified by this heinous terror attack against the entire New York City community today, especially considering that the incident took place just a few blocks from the site of where the World Trade Center once stood.”
“ADL has been monitoring all forms of extremism in the United States for decades, including Islamist extremism at home and abroad,” he went on to say. “We have found troubling trends in the way these individuals are radicalized online and prompted to plot and commit acts of terror within the United States.”
Greenblatt added: “At the same time, we are concerned about a potential increase in Islamophobic and anti-immigrant attitudes and incidents in the wake of this attack. All communities deserve to feel safe and it would be unfair to demonize all Muslims because of this attack.”
The Israeli-American Council (IAC) said it was “horrified by the terrorist attack in New York City, which has claimed the lives of at least eight people and injured many more. In the strongest possible terms, we condemn all acts of terrorism — whether in London, Nice, Jerusaelm, or New York — and stand against the evil ideology that fuels them. ”
In London, Board of Deputies of British Jews Vice President Richard Verber said, “Our hearts go out to the people of New York following the heinous terrorist attack last night. We stand in solidarity with all New Yorkers and remain firm in our resolve to defeat the scourge of global terrorism.”