SOMA Interfaith Holocaust Remembrance Committee Statement Post October 7, 2023

The SOMA Interfaith Holocaust Remembrance Committee stands united against antisemitism of any kind. We reject Jew-hatred and discrimination in America and around the world, including in our streets and neighborhoods, in our places of worship, on social media, and in our schools and universities. 

We condemn those who deny Jews the right to exist, both in their homeland and abroad. It is crucial, especially in these times, to affirm that Israel has a right to exist. 

As an Interfaith Holocaust Remembrance Committee, we mourn with the Jewish people in Israel, America, and worldwide who are being targeted on a global scale. Likewise, we abhor rising Islamophobia, and any hate or violence ignited by this conflict around the world.

We mourn and call for the release of all the Israeli hostages taken by Hamas on October 7. 

We unequivocally stand against the actions of terrorist organizations, including Hamas, whose sole intent is to kill and eliminate Israel and Jews. Acts of violence and terror have no place in the pursuit of peace, and we condemn any attempts to harm innocent lives.

We mourn the harm or death of innocent Palestinian civilians. We mourn for innocent Palestinians being used as human shields by Hamas. We mourn for all innocent civilians being used as pawns to further Hamas’s evil agenda. 

In our mission to keep the memory of the atrocities and genocide committed during the Holocaust alive, to foster understanding, and to ensure that the lessons of history resonate in our time, we seek to be upstanders and fight for tolerance and peace towards Jews and any minorities being persecuted.

Let us use this remembrance as a call to action—a call to stand together against antisemitism and hate, to foster inclusivity, and to be unwavering advocates for a world where the lessons of the past guide us toward a future built on peace, respect, and unity.