I have been shocked with today’s shooting at Pittsburgh's Synagogue. It is a definite evil act against our innocent Jewish brothers and sisters.
I unequivocally condemn this heinous terror attack. Killing because of belonging a particular faith, is a crime against humanity and against God.
On behalf of the Atlantic Institute and myself, I condemn any hate crime against Jews locally and globally. We are in full solidarity with our Jewish brothers and sisters. We offer our deepest condolences and prayers to the families and friends of the victims who lost their lives.
Unfortunately, the recent political rhetoric and divisive language against immigrants and people of different backgrounds brought such a calamity. I hope and pray this will be the last tragedy of the hate to another religious group.
Freedom of Religion is one of the main reasons why America is great. We should all work very hard to protect this and a peaceful coexistence.
May God protect ALL!
Dr. Akif Aydin, President, Atlantic Institute