July 15, 2016
Minneapolis, MN — Steve Hunegs, executive director of the Jewish Community Relations Council of Minnesota and the Dakotas (JCRC), issued the following statement regarding Thursday's heinous terrorist attack in Nice, France:
"The Jewish Community Relations Council of Minnesota and the Dakotas (JCRC) extends its condolences and offers our most heartfelt prayers to the victims and their families of the terrorist attack in Nice and to all of the people of France. We stand in solidarity with Nice and France as her citizens have been killed and ideals assaulted. We take heart in the courage of those who were attacked and the response of the police, military, and civil authorities in the aftermath of the evening of Bastille Day.
"This is the third major attack in France in the past 18 months and one of a spate of terror acts in the past several months. It is especially despicable that as France was celebrating its independence day, 84 people were murdered and 202 were injured by a terrorist bent on undermining such freedom. Our hearts go out to the families of those who have lost their loved ones.
"These attacks are not only aimed at people, but at core beliefs that we share with the French Republic: liberty, equality, and fraternity. We know the pain of terrorist attacks and resolve needed to confront extremist ideologies. We stand with the French people and take strength from their bravery. We hope that our shared beliefs and solidarity can also be a source of strength for them as well at this difficult time.
"With an increase in terrorist attacks in France and around the world, we call on the international community to take decisive action against terrorists and increase the level of collaboration and vigilance of security forces in all countries vulnerable to such attacks."
As the public affairs voice of the Jewish community, the JCRC fights anti-Semitism and prejudice, advocates for Israel, provides Holocaust education, promotes tolerance and social justice, and builds bridges across the Jewish and broader communities.