Congresssman Chris Smith delivered the following remarks in Lakewood on October 29, 2o18:
Words are inadequate to convey my—our—outrage and profound sorrow over the loss of eleven precious lives and the wounding of 6 others including four courageous police officers at the Tree of Life Congregation in Pittsburgh.
Attacked simply because they were Jewish, this barbaric manifestation of anti-Semitism underscores a dangerous and escalating trend both here in the United States and throughout the world.
Americans must unite as never before against anti-Semitism in all of its ugly forms.
Americans must leave no stone unturned in calling out and condemning the purveyors of anti-Semitism on the internet including social media.
Working with local police and homeland security at both the state and federal level, we must employ all best practices and the means to achieve maximum security regardless of cost, to protect Jewish persons, synagogues, places of learning and cemeteries.
At one of the many congressional hearings I’ve chaired on combatting anti-Semitism, Dr. Shimon Samuels of the Wiesenthal Center in Paris testified in 2002 and said: “The Holocaust for 30 years after the war acted as a protective Teflon against blatant anti-Semitic expression…That Teflon has eroded…and can end as Molotov cocktails against synagogues.”
Abraham Lincoln once said that to sin by silence when they should protest makes cowards of men.
In the face of escalating anti-Semitism, silence is not an option.