Hastings Recognizes International Holocaust Remembrance Day

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Fort Lauderdale, FL, January 27, 2017 | comments

Congressman Alcee L. Hastings (D-FL) released the following statement marking International Holocaust Remembrance Day:

“I join with others around the world in observing International Holocaust Remembrance Day and honoring the millions of lives tragically cut short during the worst genocide in human history. Between 1940 and 1945, two out of every three Jews in Europe perished, and by the end of World War II, nearly eleven million people had been murdered by the Nazis.

“Today, a global resurgence in anti-Semitism has emerged, to which the United States is not immune. In recent months, acts of intimidation and violence against Jewish Americans and other minorities have increased dramatically. I have no doubt that the demagogic campaign run by President Trump – a campaign to divide our nation that has yet to cease – has fostered an atmosphere that allows those who embrace bigotry to be emboldened. Scores of anti-Semitic hate crimes have occurred in our country in recent months, including numerous bomb-threats and acts of harassment throughout my home state of Florida. I condemn these acts of hate and pledge to continue doing my part to combat intolerance.

“As we observe International Holocaust Remembrance Day, we must do more to fight back against bigotry. Blind hatred has no place in our world, and each of us has the responsibility to make our own communities safer, more tolerant places.”

Congressman Alcee L. Hastings serves as Senior Member of the House Rules Committee, Ranking Democratic Member of the U.S. Helsinki Commission, and Co-Chairman of the Florida Delegation. 


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