Official Statement: Orlando Attack

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The Jewish Federation of Cleveland is heartbroken by the horrific massacre of innocent civilians in Orlando, Florida. It is with sadness that we acknowledge this latest act of terrorism - the worst since 9/11, the worst gun violence assault ever in our nation, and the single worst attack targeting the LGBTQ community.

The Federation condemns this senseless attack. We cannot stand idly by and let terrorists and those who espouse hatred win. The targeting of Americans for who they are and for living freely is an attack on all of us and on the freedom which constitutes the very soul of this nation.

Moreover, the Federation is disheartened that weapons with large-capacity ammunition magazines continue to be available. The Federation’s policy on gun violence calls for legislation that limits large-capacity ammunition feeding devices. The tragedy in Orlando reminds us again of the horror they can inflict on a community, a city, and our nation.

We mourn the victims, pray for the wounded, and hold their families in our hearts and minds. We join with others in Cleveland and across the nation in declaring our solidarity with the LGBTQ community, with the people of Orlando, and with all those who are standing up to reject violence and the spread of extremism and hate in all its forms.

Gary L. Gross
Board Chair

Cheryl Davis
Community Relations Committee Chair

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