Multnomah County Chair and Commissioners:  Standing with Israel In the Face of the Hamas Attack October 2023

October 12, 2023

We, the Multnomah County Chair and Commissioners named here, unequivocally condemn Hamas’ appalling terror attack on Israel and the people of Israel. 

We light the Morrison Bridge tonight to say that we stand in solidarity with Israel at this devastating moment for its people. And we stand with our own Jewish community that is suffering from the loss and injury of loved ones, the unknown fate of family and friends, and the existential threat to the State of Israel.  

We know the situation in the Middle East is complex and nuanced, and this statement  does not reflect our individual or collective views on the broader history and the suffering of the people in the region.

But we cannot stand silent in the face of the deadliest day for Jewish people since the Holocaust.

We stand for peace.

The bridge will be lit blue and white for the next five nights.

In solidarity,

Multnomah County Chair Jessica Vega Pederson

Commissioner Sharon Meieran

Commissioner Julia Brim-Edwards