Tuesday, January 26th 2021   |

Federation condemns violence at Capitol insurrection

The Jewish Community Relations Council of the Jewish Federation of Greater New Orleans strongly condemned the violence at Wednesday’s insurrection at the U.S. Capitol.

“This act was a direct assault on our democratic process in its attempt to disrupt the peaceful transition of power following a presidential election,” the statement read. “We counsel members of Congress and other elected officials to speak out against Wednesday’s violence and, especially in light of this week’s Congressional certification, against any continuing rhetoric questioning the legitimacy of the election.”

The condemnation went on to decry the “ugly and tangible expressions of white nationalism, antisemitism, and hate – from Nazi symbols to Confederate flags” which were clearly visible in broadcasts from the scene of melee on Wednesday, January 6.

“This is not who we aspire to be as a country, and underscores a significant need to examine how easily bigotry and grievance can be weaponized. We urge all Americans to stand together for the sake of our democracy against hate-fueled incitement and violence. We must work together to heal as a nation,” the statement concluded.

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