Many Jewish organizations have issued statements in solidarity with the victims of the Orlando shootings.
(Washington, D.C., June 12, 2016)—B’nai B’rith International has issued the following statement:
B’nai B’rith is shocked at the horrendous mass murder committed at a nightclub in Orlando, Fla. The sheer number of dead (at least 50) and wounded (at least 53) defies comprehension.
Though law enforcement officers have a lot of work ahead, reports at this time indicate the shooter, armed with an AR-15 style assault rifle, a handgun and possibly other firearms, had pledged his allegiance to ISIS.
B’nai B’rith stands in solidarity with the LGBT community, which patronized the popular club.
With deepest sympathy, we mourn the lives lost to this act of depravity and offer our most sincere condolences to their families. Our thoughts and prayers are also with the victims at this time.
B’nai B’rith International has advocated for global Jewry and championed the cause of human rights since 1843. B’nai B’rith is recognized as a vital voice in promoting Jewish unity and continuity, a staunch defender of the State of Israel, a tireless advocate on behalf of senior citizens and a leader in disaster relief. With a presence around the world, we are the Global Voice of the Jewish Community. Visit bnaibrith.org.
Israeli-American Council Statement Following Attack on Pulse Nightclub in Orlando, Florida
Today the Israeli-American Council (IAC) issued the following statement to the media:
“Today we are shocked, saddened, and horrified to learn of the worst mass shooting in American history, with 50 people brutally murdered and 53 injured after a terrorist opened fire at the crowded Pulse Nightclub in Orlando, Florida.
On behalf of the Israeli-American community, we condemn this act of terrorism in the strongest terms. Whether terrorism strikes in Brussels, Paris, Tel Aviv, or Orlando – responsible leaders, policymakers, and moral people everywhere have a duty to speak out forcefully against this global evil, and to stand against the hateful ideology that fuels it. This is a growing danger that threatens innocents everywhere.
We offer our full support to our elected leaders, intelligence community, and law enforcement personnel, as they continue their investigation into this attack and work to prevent similar terror attacks in the future. We know that at times like these, the American people will join together with strength and unity to send a clear message that we cannot – and will not – be intimated by acts of terrorism.
Today our hearts break for the victims and their families, and our thoughts and prayers go out to them. May the memory of the fallen be a blessing for us all.”
About the IAC: Headquartered in Los Angeles, the IAC is committed to building an engaged and united Israeli-American community that strengthens our next generations, the American Jewish community, and the State of Israel. The IAC strives to achieve these goals through programs and events for all ages – and by empowering and supporting a wide array of non-profit organizations within the Israeli-American community. For more information about the Israeli-American Council, please visit www.israeliamerican.org