One Community, One Strength: The Power of Unity Over Division
In West Orange, we feel pride in our diversity – a mosaic of cultures, backgrounds, and traditions that come together to create a vibrant and unique community. It is this diversity that makes us strong, resilient, and enriched with a wealth of experiences and perspectives.
As a town, we expressed our outrage and grief in the aftermath of the atrocities of October 7 and were clear that we stand with residents in West Orange – many who have family and loved ones in Israel – who are understandably reeling from the continuing horrific attacks, killings, and the taking of hostages.
Over the past few weeks, I have heard from many in our community that as the death and destruction in Gaza continues to unfold, we express our support for members of our community who are Palestinian, Arab, and Muslim – some of whom have family and loved ones in Gaza.
As your Mayor, I want to make clear my deep commitment to the well-being of every resident. Undoubtedly, this town sees and hears the pain and grief of our Palestinian, Arab, and Muslim communities. We stand in mourning of the overwhelming atrocities in Gaza, especially the indiscriminate killing of civilians: more than 20,000 people have been killed, half of whom are infants and children. There should be no disagreement that the killing of innocent children and other civilians is always wrong.
We can, and must, acknowledge the humanity of all members of our community and do so peacefully. No one should feel silenced in our town. I ask that every West Orange resident show compassion for those who are grieving and hurting, and call out anti-Semitism, Islamophobia, anti-Arab racism, whenever you see or hear it. It is more important than ever that we draw upon the strength of our diversity. Let us continue to look out for one another, listen and communicate with respect, and find solace in the knowledge that we are a resilient, safe and caring community.
Hate Has No Home Here in West Orange.