Members of the Latino Jewish Caucus Condemn Antisemitic Attack on Jewish Community in Massachusetts

Press Release

Today, members of the Latino Jewish Caucus issued the following statement to condemn The Mapping Project's compilation of locations targeting Jewish places of worship, businesses, schools, and other public centers.

"We are deeply concerned over the targeting of the Jewish Community in Massachusetts by The Mapping Project and find it troubling that this implicit antisemitic attack directed towards our Jewish brothers and sisters has been allowed to happen," stated the members.

"The Mapping Project has explicitly stated that the intention of its collective mapping is to reveal local Jewish entities and networks to specifically dismantle and disrupt them. We have witnessed far too many hate-based attacks on places of worship, businesses, schools, and public facilities, to wait silently for the next incident to take place. Antisemitic attacks have risen by 42% in Massachusetts while nationwide there has been a 34% uptick. As members of the Latino Jewish Caucus, we stand united with the Jewish community in our response to condemn this hate and xenophobic actions that provoke antisemitism, hate motivation, or incitement of violence," the members continued.

"The recent surge in racist and xenophobic incidents in the United States and globally demands advocacy and engagement from civic and faith leaders to denounce all forms of violent xenophobic acts, attitudes, and expressions that serve to alienate or endanger any group of people. These attitudes should never be tolerated and have no place in our society today. We vow to continue to utilize all resources at our disposal, including increased security for those communities vulnerable to hate crimes, enhanced coordination among security and intelligence agencies, and the development of a national strategy to combat this scourge," the members concluded.

Co-chaired by Reps. Mario Diaz-Balart (R-FL-25), Adriano Espaillat (D-NY-13), Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL-23), and Jaime Herrera Beutler (R-WA-03), the Latino Jewish Caucus continues its critical work fostering close collaboration between the U.S. Latino and Jewish communities, fighting the uptick in antisemitism and other forms of hate while strengthening trilateral ties among the U.S., Latin America and Israel based on shared histories, values, and interests.