NEW YORK, NY - Hadassah, The Women's Zionist Organization of America, Inc. (HWZOA) National President Rhoda Smolow and CEO/Executive Director Janice Weinman released the below joint statement following the violent attack on the US Capitol earlier today.
"Earlier today, Americans of all political stripes watched with anger, fear and sorrow as the United States Capitol — a great symbol of our democracy — was desecrated by a violent mob intent on impeding a constitutional process. They have failed.
"The criminal behavior and events of this afternoon are abhorrent, as are attempts to disrupt democracy with incitement to violence. As Jews, we know the power of words and demand our elected leaders raise the level of discourse and lead with civility.
"We feel the heavy weight of today's events and the chasms that divide our nation. We hope that we will continue to learn from and about others, to love our neighbors, and to move forward as one nation.
"We are grateful to the law enforcement agencies who stood in harms way, and that our elected representatives have safely returned to the House and Senate to continue the business of the people."