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Hon. Benjamin L. Cardin, Chairman
Hon. Alcee L. Hastings, Co-Chairman
For Immediate Release
June 10, 2009


WASHINGTON--Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD), Chairman of the Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe (U.S. Helsinki Commission) and Co-Chairman Congressman Alcee L. Hastings (D-FL), who have made the elimination of incidents of anti-Semitism and hate crimes a key priority of the Commission, released the following statements today upon learning of a deadly shooting at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum.

“I have visited the Holocaust Museum many times with my family and today’s despicable act is one that was intended to frighten and intimidate all people who care about equality and liberty. My prayers and thoughts are with the family of the security officer who died protecting the visitors at the museum. I also want to affirm my commitment to ending the bigotry and hatred that apparently have led to this heinous act. There is no place in our society for individuals who would harm or deny rights to others, especially based on religion, race or ethnic identity,” said Chairman Cardin.

“I condemn in the strongest possible terms the heinous attack that took place earlier today at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum. My thoughts and prayers go out to the families of the victims during this most difficult time,” said Co-Chairman Hastings. “We unfortunately must always be vigilant of those who wish to cause harm to others. This tragic event reminds us all that there are still people in this world who choose hate and intolerance over understanding and compassion. Increasingly, we see a resurgence of the noose and swastika, a rise of anti-Semitism, unjust equation of Muslims with terrorism, and violence against gays. We must work together across all racial, religious, gender and cultural lines and not allow such senseless acts to continue.”
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