Statements of solidarity from Gov. Walz, Lt. Gov. Flanagan, and our Congressional delegations

The Jewish Community Relations Council of Minnesota and the Dakotas (JCRC) is most grateful to our elected officials who have already spoken out on a bipartisan basis in their unequivocal support for the people of Israel, against this heinous, unprovoked invasion of Israel by Hamas terrorists, and right of Israel, like any sovereign nation, to defend itself. 

October 10, 2023 (Update)

Rep. Betty McCollum: “I stand in solidarity with the people of Israel in the face of the surprise murderous attacks by Hamas terrorists against innocent Israelis last Saturday.” (Read Rep. McCollum’s full letter sent to our Solidarity Gathering and entry to Congressional Record in support of bipartisan resolution condemning Hamas).

Oct. 7, 2023 – 12:50 PM

Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz and Lt. Gov. Flanagan:

Gov. Tim Walz:  ‘Minnesota condemns the horrific attacks on Israel by Hamas. On a holiday that should be spent peacefully with loved ones, my heart breaks for the victims of this terrible act of violence.’

Lt. Gov. Peggy Flanagan: ‘My heart breaks for the victims of the horrific terrorist attacks in Israel by Hamas – the attacks on civilians are reprehensible. I’m sending my deepest prayers to those killed or injured in this tragedy.’

Minnesota Congressional Delegation: 

Senator Amy Klobuchar: ‘I strongly condemn the coordinated attack by Hamas terrorists against Israeli civilians. At least 40 are dead. At least 779 are injured. We stand with the Israeli people.”

Senator Tina Smith: ‘I condemn the horrific terrorist attacks by Hamas on Israel, on Shabbat and Simchat Torah/Shemini Atzeret. These horrible attacks on civilians, the loss of life, and reports of hostage taking are an outrage. The United States stands in solidarity with Israel.’  

Rep. Angie Craig: ‘I condemn the unprovoked attacks by Hamas terrorists against Israeli civilians in the strongest terms possible. I will continue to stand firmly with our ally Israel as they defend themselves against violence and terrorism.

Majority Whip Tom Emmer: America stands firmly with Israel and condemns the heinous attacks being perpetrated by Hamas terrorists. We will support our strongest ally in the Middle East and their right to defend themselves.

Rep. Brad Finstad: The images coming out of Israel today are horrific. I will always stand united with our ally in the Middle East and support their right to defend themselves against these heinous acts of terror. Praying for Israel.’ 

Rep. Michelle Fischbach: I stand with America’s strongest ally in the Middle East as they defend themselves against the horrific attacks by Iran-backed Hamas terrorists.’ 

Rep. Dean Phillips: The videos of Hamas depravity in Israel are among the most appalling images I’ve ever seen. There is no lower form of human than those who target innocent women and children and rejoice in their murder and torture. Nations of the world must unite against these monsters. Now.

Rep. Pete Stauber: ‘I am outraged by these horrific attacks by Hamas terrorists on Israel. The United States stands with Israel as they defend themselves against these unprovoked attacks.’

North Dakota Congressional Delegation: 

Rep. Kelly Armstrong: ‘America stands with Israel.

Sen. Kevin Cramer: ‘We stand behind our friend and ally Israel, and pray for their success in defeating this unprovoked attack by the Iranian backed terrorist organization Hamas.‘ 

South Dakota Congressional Delegation: 

Sen. Mike Rounds: ‘Shocked and saddened to see the horrific attacks by Iranian-backed terrorist group Hamas on the Israeli people. The United States condemns this senseless violence and stands ready to assist our ally Israel as they defend their nation.’

Sen. John Thune: ‘I strongly condemn the senseless terrorist attack on Israel by Hamas, a known proxy for Iran. Israel is a beacon of democracy in the Middle East, and it’s one of America’s strongest allies. We stand with Israel and support its unequivocal right to defend itself and its people.’ 

Rep. Dusty Johnson: ‘The Hamas acts of terror in Israel are wholly unconscionable and must be condemned. America stands with our ally Israel as they defend their people and their land.


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