Human Rights Commission Statement on Local Middle East Conflict - 11/2/2023

In light of increased incidents of antisemitism and Islamophobia and related hate activities in our community, Montgomery County's Office of Human Rights Commission (HRC) issues the following statement:

"Although the current violent conflict in the Middle East may seem far removed from many of our own lives, its impact on our county's residents, their families and loved ones is real. Many of our neighborhoods are hurting and many feel unheard. 

We continue to speak out against all efforts that seek to foster the destructive elements of antisemitism, Islamophobia, and all other forms of hatred, division, intimidation, violence, and fear. 

And we reaffirm our pledge to seek out opportunities to actively engage in peaceful activities focusing on understanding, acceptance, mutual respect and unity among all of us in our diverse communities."

The Honorable William England, Chair
Okianer Christian Dark, Esquire, Vice Chair

The Montgomery County Human Rights Commission was established in 1961 to promote goodwill, cooperation, understanding, and human relations among all persons. Advise county residents, the County Council, the County Executive about racial, religious, and ethnic prejudice, intolerance, discrimination, and bigotry and recommend procedures, programs, and laws to promote and protect equal rights and opportunities for all persons.