J Street statement on USHMM attack

June 11, 2009

J Street Executive Director Jeremy Ben-Ami issued the following statement after reports of yesterday’s shooting at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum:

We are shocked and outraged at the brutal attack perpetrated against the Holocaust Museum in Washington, DC and what it represents. Yesterday’s attack is a tragic reminder of the need to combat all forms of anti-Semitism, Holocaust denial, racism, and bigotry. Our thoughts and prayers are with those affected by this despicable act of hatred and violence.  We also commend the security guards who acted quickly to prevent further bloodshed, especially Officer Stephen Tyrone Johns, whose sacrifice and courage will not be forgotten.