Howard Kaye holds his daughter Hannah Jacqueline Kaye at the funeral for Lori Gilbert-Kaye, the sole fatality of the Saturday shooting at Congregation Chabad synagogue in Poway, north of San Diego, California..
(photo credit: JOHN GASTALDO/REUTERS)
WASHINGTON – Democratic presidential hopeful, US Sen. Kamala Harris (D-California), and Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-California) introduced a resolution Wednesday condemning the recent antisemitic attack at Chabad of Poway.
One woman, Lori Gilbert-Kaye, was murdered in the attack, and three others were injured. The resolution honors the memory of Kaye and expresses hope for a full recovery for the people who were injured. It also commends the first responders and law enforcement officials.
“The perpetrator of the attack, who expressed white supremacist and white nationalist sentiments, entered the synagogue shouting antisemitic slurs,” the resolution states. “Antisemitism is an age-old form of prejudice, discrimination, persecution and marginalization of Jewish people that runs counter to the values of the United States.”
The resolution also declares that hate has no place in the United States, and that “there is a duty to condemn all forms of hatred.” Harris and Feinstein added to the statement a condemnation of antisemitism, white supremacy, white nationalism and “all forms of hatred.”
It also calls to treat all people with dignity, “including Jewish, Muslim, Black, Latino, Asian American, immigrant and LGBTQ peoples.”
“As we honor those who were killed and injured in the horrific shooting at the Chabad of Poway, we must also be absolutely clear about the fact that antisemitism is real in this country – and we must continue to speak out against it wherever it occurs,” said Harris. “The rising threat of white nationalism and white supremacy is in direct contradiction with the highest ideals of our country, and I urge my colleagues to join me in supporting this resolution to condemn this despicable hate.”
“Hate has no place in our country. Our resolution condemns the antisemitic attack on [the Chabad of Poway] and reaffirms our nation’s values of openness and tolerance so all Americans can worship freely without fear of violence,” said Feinstein.
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