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Posted on: October 12, 2023

[ARCHIVED] Statement of Mayor George Van Dusen


This past Saturday, October 7, 2023, the terrorist organization Hamas perpetrated an attack of unimaginable savagery on the people of the State of Israel that will long be remembered for its inhumanity.

This was no ordinary military action with one armed force attacking another army. It was a deliberate and well-executed attack on the Jewish civilian population of Israel. The killing was directed purposefully toward all Jews regardless of their age, gender, or status. Even infants were slaughtered.

And for what purpose? The Charter of Hamas calls for death to all Jews in the world. This philosophy encourages evil of unspeakable proportions and reminds us all too well of the evils of the Holocaust. It demands condemnation by all righteous people of the world. I join with President Biden and Governor Pritzker in their unequivocal support for the people of Israel in this time of national trauma.

As a caring and welcoming community, Skokie grieves for the deaths at the hands of such brutality and we pray for the safe release of the hostages. Though there have been no credible threats to Skokie, our public safety personnel are on high alert as we take measures to protect our community from anyone seeking to perpetrate violence here.

This action by Hamas does not further the cause of the residents of Gaza. It only results in further division and loss of life.

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