Minnesota Senators Condemn Senator Ron Latz’s Remarks on Palestinian Children

Minnesota Senators Condemn Senator Ron Latz’s Remarks on Palestinian Children

Minnesota Senate DFL

Contact: Eden Teller | eden.teller@senate.mn |

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Yesterday, our colleague, Senator Ron Latz, held a press conference and used dehumanizing, inflammatory language and rhetoric in his remarks about Palestinians. He recited a litany of hateful, prejudicial and demonstrably false claims, describing Gaza as “poisonous,” and asserting that “Palestinian youth dream of the opportunity to achieve glory and even martyrdom by killing as many Jews as possible.” Through his language, Senator Latz assigned nefarious motives to Palestinian children, describing them all as aspiring murderers. His remarks were irresponsible and dangerous. 

Since October, there has been a sharp increase of antisemitic, anti-Arab, and Islamophobic incidents here in the U.S., including harassment, physical assault, and even murder. Sen Latz’s rhetoric at the press conference only further foments hate and violence.

It is unacceptable for people in positions of leadership — particularly those with large public platforms —to use dehumanizing, degrading language to describe entire populations of people. The language we use, especially at this moment, matters. As such, we denounce and condemn the dangerous language and rhetoric used by Sen. Latz at his press conference in the strongest terms. This type of language has no place in our public discourse, much less from a member of the Minnesota Senate. Our work in the legislature naturally involves policy disagreements and strong, differing points of view, but we must be able to have difficult conversations while maintaining respect for the humanity of everyone. 

Signed:

Senator Zaynab Mohamed (DFL-Minneapolis)

Senator Jen McEwen (DFL-Duluth)

Senator Erin Maye Quade (DFL-Apple Valley)

Senator Lindsey Port (DFL-Burnsville)

Senator Judy Seeberger (DFL-Afton)

Senator Heather Gustafson (DFL-Vadnais Heights)

Senator Liz Boldon (DFL-Rochester)

Senator Erin Murphy (DFL-St. Paul)

Senator Omar Fateh (DFL-Minneapolis)

Senator Mary Kunesh (DFL-New Brighton)

Senator John Marty (DFL-Roseville)

Senator Nicole Mitchell (DFL-Woodbury)

Senator Susan Pha (DFL-Brooklyn Park)

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