The Pennsylvania Senate and House of Representatives unanimously passed resolutions to stand with Israel following the unprovoked terrorist attack by Hamas in which more than 1,400 Israelis were killed, more than 3,400 Israelis wounded, and an estimated 200 taken as hostages, including women, children and the elderly.
The Pennsylvania Senate passed two resolutions demonstrating its solidarity with the Jewish state. Resolution 191, introduced by Sens. Steven Santarsiero (D-Bucks) and Judy Schwank (D-Bucks), passed unanimously. The resolution condemned “the unprovoked terrorist attack launched by Hamas against the State of Israel on October 7, 2023,” and expressed “deep condolences to the families of those who have lost their lives as a result of this senseless act of violence.”
Resolution 185, introduced by Sen. Doug Mastriano (R-Franklin) and passed unanimously, states that Pennsylvania stands “firmly with the people of Israel and their right to defend themselves.” The attacks by Hamas, the resolution says, were “shocking, barbaric and evil,” and “amount to war crimes of the worst kind.”
The Pennsylvania House of Representatives passed Resolution 245, introduced by Rep. Dan Frankel (D-Allegheny), also by a unanimous vote. That resolution urges Congress to provide Israel “with the support necessary to ensure its safety and security and condemn the terrorist attack in Israel by Hamas.” The resolution also recognizes “the terrorist actions of Hamas have no justification and no legitimacy.”
Jonathan Scott Goldman, chairman of the Pennsylvania Jewish Coalition, which advocates for Jewish communities in Pennsylvania, expressed appreciation to the Pennsylvania Senate and House “for their strong and unanimous stance in support of Israel and against terror.”
“Hamas’ terroristic acts are an attack on Jews and all civilized people throughout the world,” Goldman said in a prepared statement. “The State of Israel was formed in 1948 to make sure the Holocaust ‘never happens again.’ As Representative Frankel stated in his remarks before the Pennsylvania House of Representative: ‘Never again is now.’
“I am proud to say that the entire legislative body of Pennsylvania, the Senate and House of Representatives, together with Pennsylvania Governor Josh Shapiro, unanimously stand with Israel.” PJC