The International Leaders Summit and the Commonwealth of Virginia ’s elected official Honorable David A. LaRock, express its sorrow over the attack on the Tree of Life Synagogue, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where eleven worshippers were killed. The International Leaders Summit and the partners of its initiative The Jerusalem Leaders Summit, issued the following statement:
We convey our deepest condolences to the grieving families who lost loved ones in the tragic attack at The Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Jewish community across our nation and around the world. We stand with the Jewish community and affirm our shared values and principles.
The attacker’s murderous rampage shouting “all Jews must die” ought to be a wake-up call for America’s engaged stakeholders and leadership. In our free society, established under the rule of law, the evils of anti-Semitism and hatred towards any religious and ethnic groups must be addressed through robust measures. Individuals and groups fueling hate-filled rhetoric ought to be held to account.
We urge our elected leaders and our civil society to remain vigilant and to continue to strengthen the rule of law and advance our shared values and principles which protect life, liberty and private property.
Co-signers of the statement:
Honorable David A. LaRock, Member, House of Delegates, Commonwealth of Virginia
Natasha Srdoc, Co-Founder, International Leaders Summit and Jerusalem Leaders Summit
Joel Anand Samy, Co-Founder, International Leaders Summit and Jerusalem Leaders Summit
Dr. Sampat Shivangi, Executive Advisory Board Member, International Leaders Summit, President and CEO, US Info Systems of Mississippi LLC and Chairman, Mississippi State Department of Mental Health
Chris Edmonds, Executive Advisory Board Member, International Leaders Summit; Represents his heroic father, the late Master Sergeant Roddie Edmonds, recognized by Yad Vashem as Righteous Among the Nations, Israel’s highest honor for non-Jews who risked their lives to save Jews during the holocaust.