4a. Proclamation

Holocaust Remembrance Day Proclamation

Agenda Item: 4a 
Meeting Date: April 26, 2022 
WHEREAS,    April 28, 2022, is the internationally recognized date for this year's
Holocaust Remembrance Day, known in Hebrew as Yom HaShoah; and 
WHEREAS,   Holocaust Remembrance Day is a day to recognize the systematic, statesponsored
persecution and murder of six million Jews and millions of others
by the Nazi regime and its allies and collaborators during World War II; and
WHEREAS,    the war in Ukraine has brought memories of, and references to, the
Holocaust to the forefront in multiple ways  from accusations of Naziism
to the destruction of Ukrainian Holocaust memorials  to images of refugees
fleeing attack; and 
WHEREAS,    the Port of Seattle has committed to upholding the dignity and value of
every person, and identifying and addressing the root causes of inequities;
WHEREAS,    the Port acknowledges the increase in hate crimes that are directed toward
Jewish people, especially because according to the Anti-Defamation
League, the national average of antisemitic incidents remained at historic
levels in 2021, with a 27 percent increase targeting Jews and Jewish
institutions and with Washington State having the fifth-highest number of
incidents in the nation; and 
WHEREAS,    the Port remains committed to supporting the safety, inclusion, and
engagement of all members of our community, including our Jewish
employees and Jewish residents of King County; and 
WHEREAS,   the Port strongly believes that we must all be proactive in working to combat
oppression and prejudice wherever we see it, and to strive to do our part to
align with that common Yom HaShoah sentiment of "never again." 
NOW, THEREFORE, the Port of Seattle Commission hereby proclaims the start of its
henceforth annual commitment to commemorate this tragic history and to reflect on the lessons it
holds for our lives today.

Proclaimed by the Port of Seattle Commission this 26th day of April, 2022.

Port of Seattle Commission 

Port of Seattle Commission

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