Board of Deputies stands in solidarity with people of the USA following Orlando massacre

The Board of Deputies of British Jews stands in solidarity with the people of the United States after it suffered the worst mass shooting attack in its history in Orlando on Sunday.

Senior Vice President Richard Verber said: “This horrific act of cold blooded murder, which specifically targeted the LGBT community, is deeply shocking. Whatever the affiliations of the terrorist, this attack was clearly motivated by deep rooted hatred and likely Islamist extremism. We know that our Jewish community colleagues in the United States are at the forefront of tackling hatred in all forms, including homophobia. Here in the UK, we too, must continue to work diligently to ensure that hatred is unable to take root in a modern, pluralistic society. Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families.”

President Jonathan Arkush has also written personally to the US Ambassador in London, HE Matthew Barzun, to express his sincere condolences.

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