Moscow, October 11, Interfax - The Federation of Jewish Communities of Russia (FJCR) has called for the expansion of the methods of countering extremism in light of the attack on a synagogue in Halle, Germany.
"Jewish communities are stepping up security in synagogues, the state is providing extra patrols, yet that doesn't cure the disease, it only eliminates the symptoms," FJCR President Alexander Boroda said in a statement received by Interfax.
The Halle synagogue was attacked on the holiest day for Jews, when they pray for forgiveness and peace on the entire earth, he said. At the same time, he said there is again currently an acute problem of anti-Semitism and this is not the first manifestation of extremism that has led to human casualties recently.
Boroda said he believes the fight against xenophobia is only possible with a comprehensive approach, which includes not only general enlightened ideas of tolerance, child-rearing on the basis of kindness and acceptance of one another, and repetition of lessons of history but also specific actions by state and social structures such as the detection and elimination of aggressive people, a ban on extremist statements on social networking sites and in public spaces, and control over the sale of dangerous objects.
"Each one of us is responsible too. We can influence our immediate circle: cultivate in ourselves and our children love and respect for people of diverse cultures and religions. We should not let what has happened intimidate us and divide us, but, on the contrary, we can show or common wish to live in peace and accord, not fearing and not being shy of our traditions and faith," he said.