October 31, 2018
In response to the attack on the congregation of The Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh last Saturday, the Sydney Jewish Museum condemns this violent and fatal antisemitic act and stands with the individuals and families affected.
This targeted attack reminds us, 70 years since the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, of the pressing importance of education on the danger of speech and actions fuelled by hatred against any group. We reflect on our duty as an institution to engage the broader community in conversations about human rights and individual responsibility, to prevent these kinds of attacks and to protect the rights of all people.
The Pittsburgh attack was an egregious case of antisemitism, one of the most ancient and persistent forms of bigotry. We hope that this event signals a reversal in its rise.