The following is a statement from Ron Halber, executive director of the Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC) of Greater Washington, in response to Codepink’s January 13 “March on Washington for Gaza”
This weekend, people of good conscience will take the time to mark and reflect on one hundred days since Hamas terrorists slaughtered 1,200 innocent people on October 7 and raped and sexually assaulted over 200 Jewish girls and young women. Codepink, by contrast, is choosing to organize a hate-filled, anti-Semitic gathering of extremists calling for the destruction of Israel.
It is a cruel irony that Codepink — a group that bills itself as a “feminist grassroots organization”— has nothing to say in response to the trauma Hamas inflicted as part of its terrorist attack. Adding insult to injury, Codepink will march in lockstep with organizations like the Council of American-Islamic Relations, whose leaders were “happy to see” the atrocities of October 7.
This is a time for solemn reflection and a redoubling of efforts to free the remaining hostages held by Hamas. By instead choosing to support those who provide aid and comfort to terrorists, Codepink has revealed its true colors.