The Interfaith Solidarity Network (ISN) – a group comprised of L.A. faith-based leaders and their communities committed to interfaith dialogue, unity and peace – just released a statement condemning the violence and anti-semitism against Jewish communities across the country, including the most recent incident where a red swastika was painted on a Calabasas High School walkway.
According to the Daily News, sometime over the weekend of October 27-28, a red swastika was drawn on a walkway leading to a parking lot at Calabasas High School, a disturbing event in the wake of the recent shooting deaths of 11 Jews at a Pittsburgh synagogue.
“Jewish communities know too well that symbols can be powerful harbingers of danger. The swastika is a symbol of hate used by one of the most evil campaigns in our history, which sought to annihilate the existence of the Jewish people. It is a symbol used to intimidate and create fear,” the statement from the ISN reads.
The ISN believes that the most effective and lasting response to the hurtful painting of swastikas is condemnation and education.
“This is why we urge Calabasas High School and schools across the nation to spend time in class explaining the history of the swastika, and the hate and tragedy that it represents. In addition, schools should encourage conversations, and call on students to do a healing circle to help them understand that when one is hurt all of us are hurt. Hurting one Jew is hurting all Jews, hurting a community is hurting all communities.
These conversations are now more important than ever, particularly in our schools and places of worship, as divisive and dehumanizing rhetoric continues to permeate at all levels of society and is legitimized for political expediency.”
The ISN recently held an Interfaith Solidarity March to foster understanding, interfaith support, collaboration, and unity through shared values. Part of the march was held in silence to honor the victims of the Tree of Life synagogue shooting in Pittsburgh.
For more information about Interfaith Solidarity Network, go here.