FAIR's Message in the Wake of the October 7th Attacks
Dear Friends of FAIR,
In the wake of the terrorist attacks on Israel on October 7th, we at FAIR have listened to and held space for all those profoundly affected by this crisis. We have also taken this time to process events and to allow others to do the same.
As the Foundation Against Intolerance & Racism, we advocate for dignity and respect for all human beings, regardless of skin color, creed, gender, or other identity characteristics. We reject any ideology or perspective that serves to diminish or dehumanize.
As James Baldwin once wrote, “I think I know—we see it around us every day—the spiritual wasteland to which that road leads. It is so simple a fact and one that is so hard, apparently, to grasp: Whoever debases others is debasing himself.”
We unequivocally denounce Hamas’ barbaric terrorist attacks on the Jewish people. There is no justification for the murder, rape, torture, and abduction of innocent human beings.
We also deeply mourn every civilian life—Israeli, Palestinian, Jewish, Christian, Muslim—lost because of, and in response to, these attacks.
This includes the impact that this tragedy is having on those outside the region. Since the atrocities of October 7th, there has been a dramatic rise in antisemitic incidents in North America, as well as a reignited hostility toward Muslims. College campuses have once again become hotbeds of protest and conflict, spawned by many of the dangerous and divisive ideologies that FAIR has advocated against since it launched in 2021.
We are a politically nonpartisan organization, but we stand unequivocally against intolerance, hatred, antisemitism, and racism against any group. We are always on the side of humanity, compassion, and nonviolent resistance.
With respect to conversations and activism around this issue here in the U.S., we remain committed to fostering communication across divides and encouraging those who disagree to never lose sight of their opponents’ humanity—or their own.
We at FAIR strive to create a common culture based on our principles of fairness, understanding, and humanity, and we will never stop pursuing this goal.
Executive Director, Foundation Against Intolerance & Racism