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GSA Denounces Terrorist Acts, Bigotry Following Attacks in Israel

In the aftermath of terrorist attacks against the population of Israel, the Gerontological Society of America strongly condemns all acts of terror, murder, violence, rape, and hostage taking, and strongly condemns the loss of life and also the global rise in antisemitism following these crimes against humanity.

Antisemitism and other biases that are driven by ethnicity, race, gender identity, sexual orientation, physical appearance, disability or physical/mental health status, age, religion, profession, culture, national origin, or many other dimensions are against GSA’s commitment to promoting diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility. Equally unacceptable are any forms of prejudice against Palestinian and Muslim populations worldwide who had nothing to do with the violent attacks.

It has been well-documented by mental health and aging researchers that traumatic events can have lasting negative impacts on the victims across the life course. Research also shows that natural and manmade disasters disproportionately impact older individuals. These heinous acts will perpetuate a public health crisis lasting generations, and they cannot be allowed to continue.

GSA stands with the global community in support of the human rights of all affected.

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