silverstein 111418CHICAGO – State Senator Ira Silverstein (D-Chicago) spoke on the Senate floor today in response to the horrific mass shooting at a Pittsburgh synagogue late last month. Silverstein read the names of the victims and the Senate observed a moment of silence in honor of those killed in the shooting:

“On October 27, I was sitting in my synagogue when the president told me he needed to speak with me immediately. He informed me that he just heard there was a shooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue in the Squirrel Hill neighborhood of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

“We did not know the extent of the carnage until after the Sabbath, when we could turn on the television and watch the news. This was the worst anti-Semitic attack in the United States, eleven people were killed and 7 were injured.

“Unfortunately, hatred still exists in this county. Anti-Semitism also exists.

“All these individuals were killed in a synagogue expressing their freedom of religion. The only reason they were killed was because they were Jewish.

“It is incumbent upon us as leaders to stand up against such hate.

“These people did nothing wrong except for being targeted Jews.

“Hatred grows only in silence; we must confront it and speak out against it.

“According the Anti-Defamation League, there was a rise in anti-Semitism in 2017, with a record a 50% increase in anti-Semitism nationwide and a 103% increase in the Midwest, that is unacceptable.

“We must reach out to our friends and our brothers to make sure this never happens again.

“These people were just sitting in a synagogue, minding their own business, when they were killed. This could happen in a mosque or a church, anywhere.

“Our hearts are very heavy in the Jewish community around the country because of what happened and this will never be forgotten.”


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