J Street is horrified by a shooting at a kosher market in Jersey City, New Jersey, in which four victims have been killed, including a police officer, and three others injured. While police have not yet confirmed the names of the civilian victims, reports indicate that they were members of the city’s Orthodox Jewish community. Our thoughts are with all of the victims, with their families and loved ones and with the Jersey City community.
While the identity and motivations of the attackers have not yet been fully confirmed, early reports indicate that they were likely motivated in part by anti-Semitic hatred. The continued proliferation of violent, targeted attacks against American Jews is appalling, and reaffirms the pressing importance of seriously confronting and combating anti-Semitism in all its forms.