Senior UN official strongly condemns Southern California synagogue attack

The top official for the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC) has strongly condemned the attack Saturday on a synagogue in Southern California, denouncing the deadly incident as a hate crime targeting Sabbath worshipers on the last day of Passover.

According to news reports, on Saturday, a gunman armed with a semiautomatic rifle entered a synagogue in Poway, California, some 40 kilometres north of San Diego, yelling anti-Semitic slurs, and opened fire. The attack left one woman dead, the rabbi and two others wounded.

This incident comes in the wake of a series of attacks against mosques, synagogues and other places of worship in the past months, including the Easter Sunday suicide bombings targeting churches in Sri Lanka that killed more than 250 people. Last month, dozens of worshippers were gunned down at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand.

In a statement, UNAOC High Representative Miguel Moratinos reiterated that such cowardly attacks are  not confined to one religion, country or ethnicity.

Mr. Moratinos also stressed that this spate of violence against houses of worship targeting innocent and peaceful citizens “should not obstruct our efforts to combat hatred, anti-Semitism, Islamophobia and all forms of discrimination.”

He vowed to continue to work on developing his Plan of Action for safeguarding religious sites to guarantee that worshipers can observe their rituals in a spirit of peace and compassion.

On behalf of UNAOC, the High Representative expressed his deepest condolences to the family of the victim and wishes those who were injured a speedy recovery.

The United Nations Alliance of Civilizations was established in 2005, as the political initiative of former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan, and co-sponsored by the Governments of Spain and Turkey. A High-Level Group of experts was formed to explore the roots of polarization between societies and cultures, and to recommend a practical programme of action to address the issue.

Advertising

Advertising

Advertising

Advertising

Advertising

the sting Milestone

Featured Stings

Can we feed everyone without unleashing disaster? Read on

These campaigners want to give a quarter of the UK back to nature

How to build a more resilient and inclusive global system

Stopping antimicrobial resistance would cost just USD 2 per person a year

Austria: reforms will be necessary to uphold high well-being levels

This Chinese megacity is building a giant waste-to-energy plant

Mali’s ‘self-defence’ groups must face justice, after deadly intercommunal attacks

Pledging ongoing UN support during visit to cyclone-hit areas, Guterres praises resilience of Mozambicans

4 things ISPs can do to reduce the impact of cybercrime

‘I thought I’d never get out alive’ – the Muslim director who interviewed neo-Nazis

Future EU-UK Partnership: European Commission receives mandate to begin negotiations with the UK

Climate crisis could see ‘collapse’ of some economies without diversification, warns UN trade chief

European Commission and European Investment Fund launch €75 million BlueInvest Fund

Number of migrants now growing faster than world population, new UN figures show

How China Mended My Heart

COP24: A million lives could be saved by 2050 through climate action, UN health agency reveals

New UN rights chief pledges to push back on ‘centuries of prejudice and discrimination’

168 hours left for MEPs – ECOFIN Council to deliver a Banking Union

EU budget: Commission proposes major funding increase for stronger borders and migration

MEPs propose ways to boost plastics recycling

Latin America and Caribbean region deadliest for journalists in 2019

Knowledge management and entrepreneurship: short term vs. long term perspective

More than four in 10 women, live in fear of refusing partner’s sexual demands, new UN global study finds

How well you age depends on what you think of old age

‘We need to stand up now’ for the elderly: urges UN rights expert on World Day

The 2019 European elections: A pro-European – and young – electorate with clear expectations

8 top stories from the week in Davos 2020

The success story of a Chinese investment in the Greek port of Piraeus

The deforestation risks lurking in the banking sector

Finland, Switzerland and New Zealand lead the way at teaching skills for the future

Permanent structured cooperation (PESCO) on the table of NATO Defense Ministers amid US concerns

UN experts cite ‘possible exploitation’ of workers hired to clean up toxic Japanese nuclear plant

Future EU-UK Partnership: European Commission takes first step to launch negotiations with the United Kingdom

Strength in unity: Commission makes recommendations for the EU’s next strategic agenda 2019-2024

IMF cuts global growth outlook, but predicts pick up later in 2019

5 ways to be a better humanitarian

Draghi joined Macron in telling Germany how Eurozone must be reformed

More state aid to big firms, no special provisions for the SMEs

June infringements package: key decisions

Bullheaded Madrid authorities confront Catalonia with force

Easing funding woes for UN agency assisting Palestine refugees a ‘wise investment for today and the future’

Commission presents its response to Antisemitism and a survey showing Antisemitism is on the rise in the EU

Fresh airstrikes kill dozens in conflict-ravaged Syria

Mosquitoes kill more people every day than sharks do in a century

Women vital for ‘new paradigm’ in Africa’s Sahel region, Security Council hears

Healthcare for refugees: a necessary symbiosis of medicine and politics

‘Break the cycle’ of disaster-response-recovery, urges top UN official, as death toll mounts from Cyclone Idai

Here’s how blockchain could fight illegal fishing and help tuna stocks recover

South Sudan’s peace process ‘precarious, but progress in being made’, Security Council hears

How regenerative agroforestry could solve the climate crisis

Annual UN women activists’ summit opens with focus on services, infrastructure

Israeli settlements remain ‘flagrant violation’ of international law, UN envoy tells Security Council

Finland should do more to improve job prospects of low-skilled youth

ICC Appeals Chamber acquits former Congolese Vice President Bemba from war crimes charges

The impact of refugees on the European healthcare system

‘We cannot lose momentum’ on the road to peace in Yemen, UN envoy warns

These are the countries that eat the most meat

How India’s new consumers can contribute to a $6 trillion opportunity

EU allocates €50 million to fight Ebola and malnutrition in the Democratic Republic of Congo

Humanitarian aid: EU mobilises over €18 million for the Central African Republic in 2019

Presentation of Juncker’s Investment Plan: Can 315 billion euros save the EU?

Why your next work meeting should be a ‘walk-and-talk’

MARKUP initiative to boost market access to Europe for East African SMEs

How a new approach to meat can help end hunger

More Stings?

Speak your Mind Here

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s