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Greater Rochester Chamber Releases Statement Condemning Antisemitism and Hate

November 21, 2023

With the ongoing war in the Middle East between Israel and the terrorist group Hamas, innocent lives have been lost and others have been severely impacted. Concurrently, there has been a distressing surge in antisemitic attacks, spiking by over 400% since the October 7th Hamas attacks. According to the FBI, the Jewish community represents about “2.4% of the American public” and antisemitism accounts for approximately “60% of all religious-based hate crimes.”

We stand with our Jewish community to condemn antisemitism as a reprehensible and intolerable form of discrimination that has no place in our society. The right to exist in peace and safety is an inherent and inalienable right for Jews across the world. It is crucial that we stand united in rejecting any form of prejudice, hatred, or violence directed towards the Jewish people.

To learn about how your organization can understand, respond to, and prevent antisemitism, here are links to resources from the American Jewish Community: and Anti-Defamation League:

Every innocent human being deserves to live in peace and security, regardless of their religion, identity, or background, and it is incumbent upon us to work towards fostering an environment where diversity is respected, and coexistence is upheld.


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