As leaders of the Jewish community, we unequivocally condemn the act of arson committed against the Islamic Education Center of Tampa on Thursday morning. This type of hate (to the extent it is determined to be a hate crime) against any individual, group or organization is unacceptable, criminal and against the fundamental values upon which our society is based.

As members of the Jewish community, we stand with the Islamic community and hope that the perpetrators of this act are brought to justice quickly.

Although each community may have differences of opinion on certain issues, there is no difference of opinion that the events that took place at the Islamic Education Center are unacceptable under any set of circumstances and must not be tolerated within the borders of this great country we all share.

Barry Augenbraun, Bruce Epstein, co-chairs, Jewish Community Relations Council of Pinellas County; Jonathan J. Ellis, chair, Tampa JCC/Federeration Inc.’s Jewish Community Relations Council


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