State leaders from Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware reiterated their support for Israel after their government declared war following an attack by Hamas.
The government of Pennsylvania, Josh Shapiro, condemned the attack on the people of Israel, describing it as “abhorrent” and justifying “condemnation and worldwide outrage.”
Shapiro, in a social media post, expressed the pain felt by his family, who have shared special moments in Israel, and he assured that they are praying for all innocent people.
New Jersey’s Attorney General, Matthew Platkin, also spoke out, announcing an increase in patrols in sensitive areas, particularly places of worship for both the Jewish and Islamic faiths.
He emphasized the need to remain vigilant and focused on combating hatred in light of rising extremism and antisemitism nationwide.
New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy called for unequivocal global condemnation of terrorism against innocent civilians.
Murphy, whose state hosts one of the largest Jewish and Israeli-American communities worldwide, expressed the difficulty of the situation and his unwavering support for Israel during this dark hour, demonstrating unity in the fight against terrorism.
Delaware’s Governor, John Carney, expressed his support for Israel and condemned the violent terrorist attacks targeting innocent people.
“Delaware residents support our friends in Israel and strongly condemn these violent terrorist attacks targeting innocent people,” Carney said.
“I am horrified by the terrorist attacks against Israeli civilians carried out by Hamas over the weekend. As this distressing conflict unfolds overseas, my heart is with all of our residents connected to the region. I pray for the peace, stability, and security of all civilians,” said Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney.
The Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia echoed this unfortunate news, expressing its outrage over Hamas’s attack and showing solidarity with the people of Israel.
Hamas launched a large-scale attack on civilian and Israeli military targets from the Gaza Strip, with the escalation occurring on the Jewish Sabbath and Simchat Torah, one day after the 50th anniversary of the Yom Kippur War.
Since then, Israel has carried out airstrikes on the Gaza Strip, targeting buildings and homes of Hamas members. Thousands of Israeli civilians, including women, children, and soldiers, lost their lives in the surprise attack. Israel’s response has also resulted in thousands of casualties in the Gaza Strip.
State leaders of Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware expressed their strong support for Israel following the Hamas attack. They condemned the attack and showed solidarity with the Israeli people in an effort to combat extremism and antisemitism. As the violence escalates, the leaders emphasize the importance of condemning terrorism against innocent civilians and demonstrate their unity in these dark times.
Jewish Households in Philadelphia
According to Michael Balaban, President and CEO of the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia, the Philadelphia community is home to between 350,000 and 400,000 Jewish households.
Balaban emphasized the uniqueness of Israel as the only democracy in the Middle East and stressed the importance of paying attention to current events.
He also noted the unusual nature of the situation, as it has been 50 years since the Yom Kippur War.
The Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia plans to hold meetings to address the recent attacks.
U.S. President Joe Biden vehemently condemned the violence, stating that there is “never any justification for terrorist attacks” and reaffirming his strong and unwavering support for Israel