Federation's Statement on the Orlando LGBT Club Shooting
Jewish Federation of Palm Beach County is appalled and saddened by the Orlando shooting that has left 49 innocent people dead.
We mourn the victims of this monstrous attack, the deadliest mass shooting in the history of our country. Our hearts and prayers go out to the families of the victims, and we wish a speedy recovery to the 53 people injured in the attack.
Throughout history, the Jewish people have grown all too familiar with attacks motivated by prejudice and hatred. This horrific crime perpetrated against the LGBT community by an individual with ties to the Islamic State is an act of terror against all of us.
We stand united against discrimination and terror at this tragic time and join together with the broader community to offer support in the following ways:
- Federation has reached out to our partners at the Jewish Federation of Greater Orlando and the LGBT community to express our solidarity during this tragic time. Please join us in sending messages of support on Jewish Federation of Greater Orlando's Facebook page here.
- We are moved by the powerful outpouring of community members donating blood to help victims. To join this effort, visit oneblood.org/donate-now or call 888.936.6283.
- Thank you to all of those who attended the community vigils in West Palm Beach and Palm Beach Gardens on Sunday night. Other opportunities to publicly demonstrate support include a vigil on Tuesday, June 14 at 7:30 p.m. at the waterfront in downtown West Palm Beach.
We pray for an end to this senseless destruction and suffering and call upon the U.S. and governments around the world to punish hate crimes and terrorism to the fullest extent of the law.