WASHINGTON, D.C.— Congresswoman Elaine Luria spoke on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives to defend Israel in the wake of terrorist attacks. The Congresswoman led an inter-faith group of colleagues to speak out after many criticized Israel, America’s strongest ally in the Middle East, for defending itself.
You can see Congresswoman Luria’s speech here.
Transcript of the Congresswoman’s remarks:
Throughout history — the Jew has never been safe.
People have demonized, ostracized, and murdered Jews for millennia.
From the ashes of the Holocaust, the massacre of 6 million of our brethren, Jews returned to their ancestral homeland to build an oasis in the desert— a democracy of their own.
Jews, persisted, even in the face of the ultimate evil.
And today — in their rightful homeland, they are attacked from within. Some call them villains for defending their homes and their families; for not turning a cheek and a blind eye to terror and bombings and missiles raining down.
Who would turn a cheek when their mere right to exist is questioned? Or turn a blind eye when history has been so unforgiving?
Not you and not the Israelis.
And we — as Americans, and me — as an American and a Jew — must stand for what is right.
Must declare: That Israel has a right to exist. That Israel has the inherent right to defend itself. That we have a duty, as Americans, to stand by the side of Israel in the face of attacks from terrorists and suicide bombers and malign regimes— who again, have the same goal in mind: to kill Jews.
That now is the time to stand with Israel.