East African-owned stores on Franklin Ave. in Minneapolis were vandalized on September 18, 2019 (Photo by Mukhtar M. Ibrahim | Sahan Journal)

JCRC Condemns Bias-Motivated Property Destruction Targeting Somali Community in Minneapolis

Thank you to MPD and the Hennepin County Attorney’s Office for a swift investigation

September 29, 2019

Minneapolis, MN – Steve Hunegs, executive director of the Jewish Community Relations Council of Minnesota and the Dakotas (JCRC), issued the following statement:

“The Jewish Community Relations Council of Minnesota and the Dakotas (JCRC) condemns the recent bias-motivated property destruction targeting the Somali American community in Minneapolis.  We applaud the apprehension and charging of the perpetrator responsible for destroying property in an attempt to intimidate the Somali American community. Given the ongoing acts of hate and harassment directed against Somali Americans, we hope this arrest and pending prosecution brings some level of closure regarding this specific incident. 

“We thank the Minneapolis Police Department for its swift and methodical investigation into this act of hate. We also thank the Hennepin County Attorney’s Office for charging this despicable act as a bias-motivated offense. It is critical that we recognize, investigate, and charge acts of hate because they don’t just impact one victim, but rather, intimidate an entire community.

“The JCRC stands in solidarity with our Somali American friends, colleagues, and the entire East African community. Our greater community will combat hate with all of our resources and vigor.”

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As the public affairs voice of the Jewish community, the JCRC fights anti-Semitism and prejudice, advocates for Israel, provides Holocaust education, promotes tolerance and social justice, and builds bridges across the Jewish and broader communities.

Photo: East African-owned stores on Franklin Ave. in Minneapolis were vandalized on September 18, 2019 (Photo by Mukhtar M. Ibrahim | Sahan Journal)