Simon Wiesenthal Center Denounces Horrific Murderous Hate Crime at Historic Black Church in South Carolina

June 18, 2015


“The Simon Wiesenthal Center is horrified by the apparent hate crime at a historic black church, where nine people attending a Bible class at the Emanuel AME Church  were gunned down, reportedly by a young white gunman,” Rabbis Abraham Cooper and Yitzchok Adlerstein, Associate Dean and Director of Interfaith Affairs respectively of the leading Jewish Human Rights NGO.


“We wish to express our solidarity with and deep sorrow for the families who lost loved ones, the members of the historic church and the people of Charlestown. We trust that law enforcement will do everything in its power to apprehend the murderer. All Americans are again confronted with the specter of a house of worship violated and our religious freedoms violently debased,” Center officials concluded.

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The Simon Wiesenthal Center is one of the largest international Jewish human rights organizations with over 400,000 member families in the United States. It is an NGO at international agencies including the United Nations, UNESCO, the OSCE, the OAS, the Council of Europe and the Latin American Parliament (Parlatino).