The Bucks County Commissioners issued a statement Thursday on the attacks in Israel.
Commissioners Bob Harvie, Diane Ellis-Marseglia, and Gene DiGirolamo – two Democrats and a Republican – issued a joint statement condemning the “cowardly” attack and sharing their “heartfelt condolences.”
According to reporting, more than 1,200 people have been killed in Israel and more than 1,300 in Gaza. The U.S. Department of State said 27 Americans were killed and 14 were missing as of Thursday afternoon.
Below is the statement issued by the Bucks County Commissioners:
“We stand in solidarity with the people of Israel. Our hearts break for the innocent victims, including babies and children, who were brutally murdered by cowardly Hamas terrorists in acts of pure evil. The harrowing images and reports we’ve seen are unthinkable and barbaric.
“To be clear, we will not tolerate any false equivalence: Israel is a democratic country and America’s closest ally in the Middle East. Hamas is an extremist terrorist organization and does not represent the Palestinian people.
“We extend our deepest sympathies and heartfelt condolences to our Jewish friends and neighbors in Bucks County who have deep religious, cultural, and familial ties to Israel. Please know that we support you and grieve with you. In a gesture of unity and remembrance, we will light the rotunda of the county Administration Building in blue and white.
“And while we pray for peace in a land that has such a sacred value to so many people in the world from many diverse backgrounds and religions, we must remain vigilant against those whose blind hatred exceeds their humanity.”