September 19, 2016
Minneapolis, MN – Steve Hunegs, executive director of the Jewish Community Relations Council of Minnesota and the Dakotas (JCRC), issued the following statement in response to this weekend's stabbing attack at a mall in St. Cloud, MN:
"The Jewish Community Relations Council of Minnesota and the Dakotas (JCRC) is horrified by this weekend's stabbing attack targeting innocent civilians at a mall in St. Cloud, MN. Richard Thornton, Special Agent in Charge of the Minneapolis Division of the FBI, said that the FBI 'is currently investigating this [stabbing of nine people, ages 15 to 53] as a potential act of terrorism.'
"This attack on civilians going about their daily lives at a mall is not just a potential act of terrorism, but strikes at the very freedom and security which all Americans have a right to expect. Such attacks should be condemned whether they take place in St. Cloud, Paris, Brussels, Istanbul, or Jerusalem where this morning two police officers were viciously stabbed by a terrorist outside the gates of the Old City.
"The JCRC stands united with the St. Cloud community and the victims and their families during this time of need and healing.
"We also praise local, state, and federal law enforcement for their swift actions. In particular, we are grateful to the bravery of Jason Falconer, an off-duty police officer and former police chief of Albany, MN, whose timely intervention likely saved many more innocent people from being hurt or even killed."
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.