The catastrophic terror inflicted on American soil must not become an occasion for stereotyping or scapegoating. Jewish history makes us painfully aware that, too often, times of crisis provide opportunities for expressions of bigotry.
An entire people or religion should never be implicated because of the heinous crimes committed by some of its members. We should therefore focus our righteous indignation where it properly belongs -- on the murderers who are responsible, on the extremists who assisted them in committing this abominable crime and on the countries that harbor them. We call on all people of good will to denounce any form of ethnic, racial or religious intolerance and reaffirm the American spirit of pluralism and openness.
PETER ALLEN WEINMANN
President, Buffalo/Niagara Chapter
American Jewish Committee