As a voluntary body of members from different faith communities in Luton, we want to put on record our deepest shock and pain at the terrible Anti-Semitic attack on the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh, USA. This has been responded to here in the UK with prayers and with words of condemnation and strong messages of solidarity with the Jewish community from across the UK's faith communities.

We have seen some great community solidarity in the USA supporting the affected Jewish community.

There is no place in civilized society for Antisemitism or any other Hate crime towards any communities or individuals whether ascribing to a faith or none.

All communities must be able to exist in safety and to practice their faith freely and without fear or intimidation. We condemn extremist violence in the strongest terms and to stand together and to continue to work together with ever greater urgency against ignorance, prejudice and hatred.

We call for kindness and human values. We continue to pursue our role in educating and pursuing dialogue in a constructive way despite our differences.

We totally reject and condemn such thinking along with diversity of other individual and institutional voices in Luton.

We stand together as fellow citizens of Luton, as friends and as neighbours in opposing all such evil extremism which seeks to threaten us or divide us.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the families and a reminder for us to send prayers for the world peace.

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AuthorGrassroots Luton