March 17, 2021

Manisha Sunil, West End Strategy Team; Phone: 202-417-0171

Interfaith Alliance Reaffirms Solidarity with AAPI Community Following Deadly Attack in Georgia

WASHINGTON — In response to the horrific murder of eight people in Atlanta, six of whom were Asian and seven women, Rabbi Jack Moline, president of Interfaith Alliance, released the following statement in solidarity with the Asian community, reaffirming our collective responsibility to speak out against the anti-Asian bigotry that has risen during the pandemic:

Our hearts break for the lives lost in yesterday’s violent attack. It is hard to avoid seeing this tragedy in the context of the rise in crimes against Asian Americans over the past year. The motive behind this unconscionable act is not yet clear, but our response to it is not dependent on the shooter’s intentions.

Any crime committed by one human being against another is a tragedy, but a crime that is motivated by hatred and prejudice tears apart the lives of those targeted, their loved ones, and the larger group they represent. We join in solidarity with the Asian American community, with the knowledge that our freedoms are inextricably bound together.

If you are interested in speaking further with Rabbi Moline, please contact Manisha Sunil at (202) 417-0171 or

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