LANSING, Mich. — Sen. Mark Huizenga on Thursday implored the Senate to adopt his resolution in support of Israel, a long-standing U.S. ally, and to clearly condemn the terrorist attacks being carried out by Hamas against the Israeli people.
“We need to call out evil whenever it makes itself known,” said Huizenga, R-Walker. “Terrorists launched unprovoked, cowardly and deadly attacks against Israel during major holiday festivities. Since those attacks, we’ve learned even more about that evil and about the brutal and gut-wrenching atrocities committed by Hamas and their followers.
“The United States has a strong history of standing in support of Israel, its people, and its democratic and cultural values — and this resolution is a chance for our state to reenforce that alliance and express our outrage at these disgusting acts of murder and terrorism.”
Huizenga spoke on Thursday urging the Senate to take up his resolution.
“There is no moral equivocation here. The brutality that has been reported, posted online, and celebrated by some, makes this abundantly clear. And yet, the Senate has not spoken with the unified voice to condemn these blatant acts of terrorism,” Huizenga said. “As duly elected representatives of the people of this state, we must, at all turns and opportunities, condemn and reject terrorism and its evil, rotten core.”
Senate Resolution 76 says that more than 2,500 Israelis live in Michigan, according to recent census data and that it is resolved by the Senate that “we stand with the people of Israel and fully support Israel’s sovereign right to defend itself with all power and all might and to seek justice against these and future terrorist threats.”
If adopted by the Senate, copies of SR 76 would be sent to the U.S. chargé d’affaires for Israel, President Joe Biden, the president of the U.S. Senate, speaker pro tempore of the U.S. House of Representatives and the members of the Michigan congressional delegation.