State Civil Rights Commission Decries Threats Against Hawaii Jewish Preschool

Posted on Mar 8, 2017 in News

            

HAWAIʻI CIVIL RIGHTS COMMISSION

LINDA HAMILTON KRIEGER
CHAIR

WILLIAM D. HOSHIJO
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 8, 2017

STATE CIVIL RIGHTS COMMISSION DECRIES THREAT AGAINST

HAWAIʻI JEWISH PRESCHOOL

And Anti-Semitic and Anti-Immigrant Attacks Nationally

 HONOLULU – On behalf of the Hawaiʻi Civil Rights Commission, Chair Linda Hamilton Krieger today strongly condemned the threatening phone call made on Monday, February 27, 2017, that necessitated the evacuation of the Temple Emanu-El preschool, and renewed the Commission’s previous call for Hawaiʻi to stand against the national upsurge in discriminatory harassment and intimidation. “We must all come together to condemn this despicable, hateful act against Hawaii’s Jewish community,” said Krieger. “No one should have to live in fear because of their religion, just as no one should live in fear because of their national origin, race, sex, gender, sexual orientation, or immigration status.”

“It is sobering that this happened here in Hawaiʻi, in the context of threats against 20 Jewish community centers and day schools on the same day nationwide, as well as the bias-motivated shooting that took the life of an Indian man in Kansas last week,” added HCRC Executive Director William Hoshijo. “Those who share a commitment to civil rights must stand up for those who cannot stand alone, and condemn the post-election proliferation of anti-Semitic, anti-Muslim, and anti-immigrant attacks and threats, acts of vandalism, and hateful rhetoric.”

the Hawaiʻi Civil Rights Commission is responsible for enforcing, and will enforce, state civil rights laws that prohibit discrimination in employment, housing, public accommodations, and State-funded services. The HCRC stands in opposition to discriminatory harassment, whether in schools, workplaces, places of business, or in our communities.

If you feel you have been subjected to discrimination or harassment because of your race, ancestry, disability, sexual orientation, religion, sex, including gender identity, or other prohibited bases, contact the HCRC at telephone (808) 586-8636, or email DLIR.HCRC.INFOR@hawaii.gov.

For more information, go to the HCRC webpage at:  http://labor.hawaii.gov/hcrc/.

Media Contacts:

William Hoshijo, HCRC Executive Director:  586-8636

Linda Hamilton Krieger, HCRC Chair:  586-8636