WHEREAS, October 27, 2019, marks one year since the horrific events at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, that tragically took the life of eleven worshipers and injured seven more in the deadliest antisemitic attack in American history; and
WHEREAS, only months later, we saw a second deadly attack on worshipers during the Jewish holiday of Passover at the Chabad of Poway synagogue in California, in which one person was killed and three were injured; and
WHEREAS, the latest FBI reporting showed a 37% increase in antisemitic hate crimes in the United States; and
WHEREAS, FBI statistics demonstrate that Jewish people, and Jewish institutions, both religious and communal, were the most frequently targeted religious group accounting for almost 60% of all religious-based hate crime incidents; and
WHEREAS, antisemitic incidents, hate speech, and threats have increased in recent years; and
WHEREAS, the Commonwealth of Virginia is committed to eradicating hate and bias crimes and recognize that antisemitism represents a unique and millennia’s-old enduring hatred of the Jewish people;
NOW THEREFORE, I, Ralph S. Northam, do hereby recognize October 27, 2019, as a DAY OF ACTION TO COMBAT ANTISEMITISM in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.