Editor’s note: The following is a statement by state Senators Derek Slap and Saud Anwar.

WEST HARTFORD — Late this afternoon, state Senators Saud Anwar (D-South Windsor) and Derek Slap (D-West Hartford) joined U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal, Congressman John Larson, Rabbi James Rosen of Beth El Temple, and The Most Reverend Peter A. Rosazza, Auxiliary Bishop Emeritus of the Archdiocese of Hartford, at Beth El Temple in West Hartford in response to the Dec. 28 attack on members of the Monsey New York Jewish Community during a Hanukkah celebration at a rabbi’s home.

“We must stand up and speak out against acts of antisemitism and acts of religious hatred,” Sen. Slap said. “Earlier this year I led a bipartisan effort seeking enhanced security at houses of worship, and the recent acts of violence in New York, New Jersey and Texas speak to the importance of this legislation and the urgent need to get it approved. Our society is based on freedom of religion, and that includes freedom to pray and congregate without fear or intimidation.”

“It is tragic that during Hanukkah, bigotry and hatred once again swept through our community,” Sen. Anwar said. “As spiritual leaders, elected officials, and community members come together in the spirit of love and respect, we must be sure to speak loudly with a unified voice that we will tolerate nothing less than love and acceptance of all in our society. An attack on one is an attack on all, and in order to have a sustainable and healthy society, we must stand as a single force of harmony and love for each other.”

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