Horrified and appalled by shooting of Palestinian students

BRATTLEBORO — Jewish Voice For Peace Vermont/New Hampshire is horrified and appalled by the shooting of three Palestinian students that occurred on the evening of Nov. 25 in Burlington.

We are in solidarity with the students, their families, and all those affected by this clear act of hate.

We are in solidarity with all Palestinian people in occupied Palestine, around the world, and here in Vermont - and we are committed to creating a Vermont that is safe and welcoming for all.

Recent and past rhetoric about the ongoing genocide in Gaza, from our local University of Vermont administrators to national elected officials, has been incredibly dehumanizing of Palestinians and fanned the flames of hatred that led to this violence.

We reject all forms of Islamophobia, anti-Arab racism, antisemitism, and other types of oppression. Our safety comes only when our communities move to address this hatred together.

We call on Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger, Gov. Phil Scott, and our Congressional delegates - Sen. Bernie Sanders, Sen. Peter Welch, and Rep. Becca Balint - to move to address this act of hate against Palestinians and the horrifying violence that has occurred.

We are committed to continue to organize to create safety for our communities.

Jewish Voice for Peace

Abby Mnookin

This letter to the editor was submitted to The Commons.

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