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Statement on Mob Violence at the United States Capitol

Ohio Jewish Communities echoes the sentiments of every member of Ohio’s Congressional Delegation as well as Governor DeWine, Lt. Governor Husted, Attorney General Yost, Auditor Faber, Treasurer Sprague, Secretary LaRose, Senate President Huffman, Speaker Cupp, State GOP Chair Timken, and so many state legislators. This is not the way of peaceful protest but a foundational assault on our Republic.  As a Jewish community we are all too aware where such lawlessness and disregard for life and property - no matter the underlying political affiliation or ideological beliefs - ends.  

We agree with Governor DeWine who called this “an affront to our Constitution and everything we hold dear,” as well as Auditor Faber who said, “Mob violence has only one end: anarchy.”

We are grateful for the US Capitol Police, the US Secret Service, the DC National Guard, and the other law enforcement and emergency response professionals who protected our elected officials today, while defending democracy and its institutions. We do not often think of the sacrifices they make and the dangers they face each day. But today, in an hour of national crisis, these true patriots answered the call.

As we do each Sabbath, we pray for Heaven’s guidance and protection of our nation’s leaders.

This is not the way of peaceful protest but a foundational assault on our Republic.  As a Jewish community we are all too aware where such lawlessness and disregard for life and property - no matter the underlying political affiliation or ideological beliefs - ends.  

For Immediate Release

Date:  January 6, 2021