Sisterhood of Salaam Shalom Statement on Antisemitism
The most recent rise in antisemitic attacks across the nation is deeply troubling. We cannot remain silent when we witness our Jewish sisters suffering on account of being Jewish, and we will never tire of our commitment to decry every form of hatred, especially those formed in contempt of faith. Antisemitic acts have increased by as much as 80% nationally in the last few weeks. The situation in the Middle East should not be used as an excuse to attack Jewish or Muslim communities.
We are a sisterhood of Muslims and Jews that vow to always stand shoulder to shoulder with one another and stand up against hate. Anti-Jewish bigotry – as any baseless hatred against people for reasons of color, religion, nationality, political opinion, or membership of a particular social group – is wrong and unjustified, and all forms of baseless hatred must stop. The Sisterhood unequivocally condemns the attacks that have been directed at Jews all over the country.
Be an Upstander, not a Bystander:
1.Reach out to your Jewish sisters and ask what support they may need.
2. Make a connection with a local synagogue. Some synagogues are not yet having in-person services or are having a reduced number of people due to Covid. You can still contact their offices or clergy to express your support!
3. Organize a Unity/Peace Vigil The Sisterhood has traditionally held vigils as a way of showing support and solidarity for our members and communities. Review this resource guide on Planning a Vigil.
4. Share this message of peace. “The Sisterhood of Salaam Shalom is a movement of thousands of Muslim and Jewish women and teenage girls throughout the US, Canada, and Berlin, Germany. The mission is to build trust, respect, and relationships between women and teenage girls. Together they commit to stand up for one another, educate one another about their faith and cultural practices, engage in social action and work to end acts of hate for all human beings.”