January 30, 2017
Minneapolis, MN – Steve Hunegs, executive director of the Jewish Community Relations Council of Minnesota and the Dakotas (JCRC), issued the following statement:
“The Jewish Community Relations Council of Minnesota and the Dakotas (JCRC) condemns the shooting in Quebec City killing six people and wounding seventeen more during evening prayers at a mosque. Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families.
“The Muslim community is an integral part of our diverse and democratic society and we stand in solidarity with them. Judaism teaches us that all are created in the Divine’s image and with these beliefs we try to teach our children respect and dignity for all human beings. Although no crime is ever justified, attacks on individuals because of one’s race, religion, sexual orientation, or simply intolerance of others are particularly heinous.”
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.