August 14, 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 violent, racist, anti-Semitic, and hate-filled rally by white nationalist groups in Charlottesville, Virginia, on Saturday. The JCRC expresses heartfelt condolences to the three families of those who died needlessly due to this rally. We remember Heather Heyer, Virginia State Police Lt. H. Jay Cullen, and Trooper-Pilot Berke M.M. Bates.
“As so eloquently stated by our colleagues at the Jewish Community Federation of Richmond: ‘The message brought to Charlottesville by the alt-Right, neo-Nazis, neo-Confederates and the Ku Klux Klan is anathema to everything we as a Jewish American community cherish. The bigoted, xenophobic ideology which preaches those unlike oneself are lesser people (if people at all) is repugnant. This weekend that ideology manifest itself in violence and domestic terror with tragic, predictable results.’
“Senator Orrin Hatch of Utah stated powerfully: ‘We should call evil by its name. My brother didn’t give his life fighting Hitler for Nazi ideas to go unchallenged here at home.’”
The JCRC… the public affairs voice of the Jewish community fighting anti-Semitism and prejudice, promoting tolerance and social justice, and representing Jews, individually and collectively, here and abroad.