Hundreds attended a memorial at Congregation Shaarey Zedek in Southfield Monday to denounce the weekend Hamas attack on Israel and commemorate the victims.
A video posted by Detroit Free Press reporter Niraj Warikoo showed Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson leading a dance line through the aisles, holding hands with U.S. Sen. Gary Peters, U.S. Reps. Shri Thanedar and Haley Stevens, as well as Oakland County Executive David Coulter. All are Democrats.
Elected officials dance and sing in support of Israel at large synagogue in Detroit suburb. Sec. of State Jocelyn Benson leads dance line holding hands, with US Sen. Gary Peters, US Rep. Shri Thanedar, US Rep. Haley Stevens and Oakland County Executive David Coulter among them. pic.twitter.com/HbiYgRd3w6
— Niraj Warikoo (@nwarikoo) October 10, 2023
U.S. Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D) did not appear to be present and has publicly blamed Israel for the terrorist attack that killed children and elderly Israelis. Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel (D) was present at the event but did not appear to be participating in the dance line.
Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (D) was not present for the dance train, but appeared earlier in the evening to read a statement saying she supported Israel and believes the nation has the right to defend itself.
After the attack, Whitmer initially posted on Twitter a more vague statement:
I have been in touch with communities impacted by what’s happening in the region. It is abhorrent. My heart is with all those impacted. We need peace in this region.
— Governor Gretchen Whitmer (@GovWhitmer) October 7, 2023
“I have been in touch with communities impacted by what’s happening in the region,” she wrote. “It is abhorrent. My heart is with all those impacted. We need peace in this region.”
Sources tell The Midwesterner no Republican elected officials were invited to the event organized by the Jewish Federation of Metro Detroit.