Tuesday 30th October, 2018-The Government of Antigua and Barbuda has sent messages to the Mayor of Pittsburgh and the Head of the American Jewish Committee Headquartered in New York, expressing condolences at the death of 11 persons murdered at a Synagogue in Pittsburgh on October 27th.
The messages were sent by separate letters to the Pittsburgh Mayor and the Jewish community leader from Antigua and Barbuda’s Ambassador to the United States, Sir Ronald Sanders.
In his communications, Ambassador Sanders said: “The Government and people of Antigua and Barbuda would like you to convey to the Jewish people across the United States of America – many of whom we have hosted as visitors to our country – our solidarity with them at this time of grief and sorrow”.
Describing the murder of worshippers at the Jewish Synagogue, as “a despicable act of terrorism based on religion and ethnicity”, Ambassador Sanders said: “As a people, who have arisen from the scourge of slavery and racist violence, we strongly condemn the atrocity against your community and we call on all well-thinking people the world-over to raise their voices against such despicable acts. Failure to speak-up, encourages and emboldens terrorists, racists and extreme groups in their agenda of hate and violence”.
The burial of some of the victims started today amid a visibly shaken community in Pittsburgh.