(Los Angeles -- May 16, 2020 ) -- StandWithUs condemns the May 15, 2020 arson attack against the Tomb of Esther and Mordechai, located in Iran. Due to increased violence against Israelis during the celebration of the 72nd birthday of the State of Israel, it is tragically not surprising that similar violence has occurred in Iran given the extremist Islamist regime’s open hostility toward Israel.
This cowardly act was the latest manifestation of the ancient hatred of antisemitism that continues to plague much of the Middle East. There can be little doubt that such treatment of the holy sites of other faiths would be met with extreme outrage and condemnation by leaders around the globe. The same should be true here. Carly Gammill, director of the StandWithUs Center for Combating Antisemitism stated, "Now more than ever is a time for the Golden Rule to be implemented, and for human kindness to prevail. We stand in solidarity with all Jews who mourn the desecration of this holy site, and call upon others of like mind, including government bodies around the world, to publicly denounce this act." About StandWithUs StandWithUs (SWU) is an international, non-profit and non-partisan Israel education organization that works to inspire and educate people of all ages about Israel, as well as challenge misinformation and fight against antisemitism. Through university fellowships, high school internships, middle school curricula, conferences, materials, social media, educational films and missions to Israel, StandWithUs supports people around the world who want to educate their schools and communities about Israel. Founded in 2001 and headquartered in Los Angeles, the organization has chapters, programs and activities on 5 continents, including the U.S., Israel, UK, Canada, South Africa and Brazil. For the last 7 years, SWU has consistently received the highest possible ratings from Charity Navigator (4 stars) and Guidestar (Platinum). www.standwithus.com and www. facebook.com/standwithus and www.twitter.com/standwithus