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Senators Harris, Feinstein condemn deadly Poway synagogue shooting

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Posted at 4:59 PM, May 08, 2019
and last updated 2020-01-31 18:48:48-05

SAN DIEGO (CNS) - California Sens. Kamala Harris and Dianne Feinstein introduced a Senate resolution Wednesday to condemn the deadly April 27 shooting at the Chabad of Poway synagogue.

The resolution condemns anti-Semitism, white supremacy, white nationalism and other forms of hatred as antithetical to ``American values of dignity and respect for all people.'' It also expresses hope that the three injured survivors of the attack make a full and swift recovery and includes a call to honor the memory of Lori Gilbert Kaye, 60, who died at the scene of the shooting that occurred during a celebration of the end of the eight-day Jewish holiday of Passover.

``The rising threat of white nationalism and white supremacy is in direct contradiction with the highest ideals of our country, and I urge my colleagues to join me in supporting this resolution to condemn this despicable hate,'' Harris said.

``Hate has no place in our country,'' Feinstein said. ``Our resolution condemns the anti-Semitic attack on Congregation Chabad and reaffirms our nation's values of openness and tolerance so all Americans can worship freely without fear of violence.''

A similar Senate resolution condemning anti-Semitism was introduced last week by Sens. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, and Tim Kaine, D-Virginia.

Chabad of Poway Rabbi Yisroel Goldstein, who lost his right index finger in the shooting, attended the White House's May 2 National Day of Prayer event at the invitation of President Donald Trump. The president's adviser on Israel, Jason Greenblatt, called Goldstein ``a pillar of strength'' after a visit to the synagogue last week.