Statement of solidarity with American Jews and Jewish people across the world
Mon 10, 2018, Articles
DiEM25 expresses its utmost solidarity with American Jews and the Jewish people across the world, the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society and all touched by the massacre at the Tree of Life Congregation Synagogue, Pittsburgh.
This represents a new stage in the escalation of right wing terrorism in the US and the western world. This was not a chance killing of random civilians. There must be no doubt, if we are to pursue the road to victory against prejudice, that this was an explicit antisemitic attack.
When we are told, as the perpetrator Bowers tweeted, that Jews are bringing in migrants in an attempt at white genocide, it is time to worry. The insecurities of politicians and fringe bigots have united, and this is by no means a freak occurrence.
The reality is that such views are circling in the White House and that these articulations are an assault on our continent too. DiEM25 resolutely stands against the Nationalist International which enables and facilitates a sick, gangrenous, fascism of the insecure. This rhetoric of the ‘Other’ divides and rules, and it can only be defeated by a coalition of solidarity with all minorities, LGBTQ+, migrants and precarious workers. Our strongest allies are those who need us, and Jews across the world should be in no doubt that thousands of DiEM25 members are at hand to fight antisemitism, come what may.
Bowers is one example of how anti-Semitic ideologies are growing nowadays again on the same ground they grew before. Our western societies have never completely conquered antisemitism, and it is our generation’s task to do this, whatever self-criticism may be required. For now, we can express our condolences to the victims of this brutal attack, our solidarity with the Jewish community and our willingness to fight all the forms that anti-Semitism takes. DiEM25 is committed to a humanist Europe: not one of our people can be free as long as another is in chains.
Written by DiEM25 members, Alexander Nitschke and Jack Franco
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