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City of Highland Park Statement on the Attacks Against Israel

October 7, 2023 -- The City of Highland Park unequivocally condemns the horrific attacks on Israeli civilians. Indiscriminate terrorist attacks that target civilians have one purpose – to sow fear and hatred – and have no place in our global society.

For many years, Highland Park has been a Sister City to Yerucham, Israel, and our community has benefitted greatly from our exchange of culture, ideas, and history. The City extends its deepest condolences to all who are mourning and stands in solidarity with Israel and all who are sheltering from violence.

As the sun sets today, members of Highland Park’s Jewish community will welcome the holiday of Simchat Torah, which marks the ending of one cycle of reading the Torah in synagogue and the beginning of a new one. It is a reminder and celebration of Jewish faith traditions carried forward from year to year, generation to generation, unbroken by violence.