January 30, 2017 — The United Jewish People’s Order (UJPO) is horrified and sickened after hearing about the six people killed and many wounded by a gunmen while at prayer inside the Centre Culturel Islamique de Québec in Québec City on January 29th. UJPO calls for immediate action to protect Muslims from any other attacks and to take swift action against those who are perpetuating the hateful rhetoric of Islamophobia. We offer our sincere condolences to those families and other worshippers affected directly by this attack and wish for those injured a speedy and full recovery.
“As the current period unfolds with many uncertainties, we as a community must support and actively engage with others to not only fight for social justice, but to defend those currently under attack,” says Julia Barnett, President of the UJPO-Toronto Board of Directors. We oppose all forms of racism, sexism, transphobia, homophobia, Islamophobia, Antisemitism — any form of oppression wherever and whenever it manifests itself. UJPO is committed to building a better world, to defending basic fundamental rights and never staying silent in the face of injustice. Although we do not have all the answers to what unfolds around us, we know we must support those under attack and show our commitment to fighting back together. In solidarity and as allies, we will not allow the silencing of communities whose voices need to be heard. We will not be silenced. And we are committed to listening and learning how best to give our support. As Jews, we are all too aware from our own histories of what can happen and how fast things can escalate. In the wake of Holocaust Remembrance Day, we say Never Again for Anyone!