Today, Alabama Governor Kay Ivey has directed flags to be lowered to half-staff throughout the state to show its solemn respect. This symbolic act of mourning and solidarity comes in response to the tragic loss of lives in Israel on Saturday, October 7th, 2023, a day of profound significance for the Jewish community, as it marked the holy day of Simchat Torah.
The attack that claimed at least 600 innocent lives was perpetrated by Hamas terrorists, a group that has been repeatedly implicated in acts of terrorism and violations of Israel's sovereignty. The violence witnessed on that fateful day points our attention to the need to put an end to such acts of terror and aggression, not only for the sake of our Jewish brothers and sisters but also as a matter of global concern.
In a statement, Governor Ivey affirmed that those responsible for the deaths of hundreds of Israeli citizens are not just the enemies of the Jewish people but also of the United States and her people. This sentiment reflects Alabama's longstanding commitment to standing in solidarity with the State of Israel, a bond that has been unwavering for more than 80 years.
Alabama and Israel share a profound connection based on deeply held common values, one of which is the belief in the power of prayer. Governor Ivey has called upon the people of Alabama to unite in prayer, offering their support to our Jewish brothers and sisters as they bravely defend their homeland against threats and acts of violence.
To honor and remember the lives lost in Israel, the flags in Alabama will remain at half-staff until sunset on Friday, October 13, 2023. This symbolic gesture is a reminder of the profound sadness and solidarity that Alabamians feel for the people of Israel during this challenging time.
As the international community struggles with the complex and long-standing issues surrounding the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, it is heartening to witness the outpouring of support and empathy from states like Alabama. In lowering the flags and issuing this heartfelt statement, Governor Ivey has not only paid tribute to the lives lost but also reaffirmed the importance of standing together against acts of terror and violence that threaten peace and security around the world.
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