WASHINGTON, DC (October 17, 2023) —Service Employees International Union (SEIU) President Mary Kay Henry issued the following statement today in response to the ongoing conflict in Israel and Gaza:

“SEIU believes that all Israelis and Palestinians deserve safety, freedom from violence, and the opportunity to thrive. Our union includes many who have family members, Israeli and Palestinian, who have been impacted by the recent violence. We stand against antisemitism, Islamophobia, racism and hate in all its forms around the world.”

“SEIU unequivocally condemns the horrific terrorist attack by Hamas that took place on October 7th, and all violence against innocent civilians, no matter their background. We are also deeply troubled by the emerging humanitarian crisis in Gaza. We join other organizations calling for an end to attacks on civilians, immediate humanitarian aid to the people of Gaza, the safe return of hostages, and long-term solutions that will bring safety, peace and justice to the people of the region. We are committed to working for a future where every child, from Gaza City to Tel Aviv and across the globe, can be safe, happy and live with dignity.”