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Zach Banner, Alysha Clark, Josh Bell headline ‘Athletes against Anti-Semitism’

Event will focus around Pittsburgh’s Tree of Life Synagogue that was scene of deadly 2018 shooting attack

Pittsburgh Steelers offensive tackle Zach Banner (72) plays against the Tennessee Titans in Nashville, Tennessee, August 25, 2019. (AP Photo/Mark Zaleski)
Pittsburgh Steelers offensive tackle Zach Banner (72) plays against the Tennessee Titans in Nashville, Tennessee, August 25, 2019. (AP Photo/Mark Zaleski)

JTA — Zach Banner, Alysha Clark and Josh Bell will be among the US professional athletes to headline an event Wednesday discussing activism against anti-Semitism and how athletes can contribute to the effort.

Banner, an offensive lineman for the Pittsburgh Steelers football team, spoke out against anti-Semitism following anti-Semitic social media posts by DeSean Jackson, a wide receiver for the Philadelphia Eagles.

Banner connected his concern to the 2018 shooting at Tree of Life, a Pittsburgh synagogue.

Clark, a small forward for the WNBA’s Washington Mystics, is of Jewish descent and has played for three Israeli basketball teams during her career. She has Israeli citizenship.

Bell, a first baseman, played until recently for the Pittsburgh Pirates baseball team.

The event, to be held virtually on February 17, will also include other activists as well as Tree of Life’s rabbi, Jeffrey Myers. It will survey anti-Semitism locally in Pittsburgh and nationally, and will discuss the importance of activism by athletes.

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