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JLC Statement on Horrific Hamas Attack from Gaza against Israel

October 7, 2023 - The President of the Jewish Labor Committee, Stuart Appelbaum, made the following statement about the horrific attack against Israel earlier today:

The Jewish Labor Committee unequivocally condemns Hamas’s terrorist attack from Gaza against the State of Israel. We stand in solidarity with the people of Israel in these dark hours, and grieve over the loss of life, and the many injuries, and send our sympathies to the many families who are now suffering as a result of this heinous action.

We recognize the State of Israel's unequivocal right to defend itself and those who live within its borders, and extend our support for that country’s defense forces.

We call for the immediate safe return of the hostages held by Hamas.

Hamas's violent hatred of Israel and refusal to live in peace will only lead to more tragedy for both those living in Israel and Gaza.

We reach out to the international community, including our brothers and sisters in the labor movement, and call on them to join us in condemning this act of terrorism and in support of Israel.