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President of Brooklyn Brandeis Society issues statement on Pittsburgh shooting

October 29, 2018 By Rob Abruzzese Brooklyn Daily Eagle
Andrew Fallek, president of the Brooklyn Brandeis Society. Eagle file photo
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Andrew Fallek, the president of the Brooklyn Brandeis Society, issued a statement in response to the Pittsburgh shooting that claimed the lives of 11 individuals on Saturday morning.

“The Brooklyn Brandeis Society thanks the Pittsburgh law enforcement personnel who risked their lives to help the congregants of the Tree of Life Synagogue and we pray that those who were injured have a speedy recovery,” Fallek said.

“The Jewish people need no reminder that in times of discontent and resentment, Jews are often the first, but by no means the last, target of anger. As we approach the 80th anniversary of Kristallnacht, a night when angry Germans, spurred on by the spread of false and pernicious stories about Jews, destroyed the properties of their Jewish neighbors, we are reminded that words matter, particularly words of hate, and that even in a land of free speech such as ours, neither government nor individuals can afford turn a blind eye to these words.

“If someone tells others, either on the internet or in person, that they wish to hurt a particular person or group, we should take them at their word. But listening is not enough. As lawyers, it is our duty to work proactively, within the framework of the rule of law, to create lawful means to identify those who actually intend to do us harm, and to stop predictable acts of violence before they occur.”

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