LOS ANGELES COUNTY STANDS IN SOLIDARITY WITH THE PEOPLE OF ISRAEL
October 17, 2023
Los Angeles, CA – Today, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors passed a motion put forward by Supervisors Lindsey P. Horvath and Kathryn Barger in support of, and solidarity with, the people of Israel following Hamas’ brutal acts of terrorism that began on Friday, October 6, during the Jewish holy day of Simchat Torah, killing over 1,300 people, injuring more than 3,400 people, and taking over 200 hostages.
“There is no excuse for the brutality and terrorism our world has seen this past week. Today’s motion makes clear that L.A. County unequivocally stands in solidarity with the people of Israel, and with the Los Angeles Jewish community, the second largest Jewish community outside of Israel, during this painful time,” said Supervisor Lindsey P. Horvath. “I visited Israel in 2012 with the Jewish Federation of LA. I’ve seen firsthand how special, holy, and complicated the region is. Israel has the right and obligation to defend itself.”
Israel Bachar, the Consul General of Israel for the Pacific Southwest joined today’s Board meeting and spoke in support of the motion.
“To the County of Los Angeles, I would like to express the deep gratitude of the State of Israel, for standing shoulder to shoulder with us during this time,” said Consul General Israel Bachar. “This is the largest massacre of Jews since the Holocaust. And the images of this massacre certainly echo ghosts of the past. The solidarity we are demonstrating today – we will need it in the long haul. Thank you for standing with us as we move forward through this tumultuous time.”
“L.A. County must use its powerful voice to condemn the horrific terrorism that Hamas is unleashing,” stated Supervisor Kathryn Barger. “I am heartbroken, seeing families mourning their dead and begging for the release of loved ones taken as hostages, and knowing that American citizens have been killed and are also missing. It is crucial that we stand with Israel and our local Jewish communities who are suffering.”