(New York, NY, Wednesday, October 18, 2023) – The Women’s Bar Association of the State of New York, (“WBASNY”) denounces Hamas’ recent terrorist attacks. October 7, 2023, will forever be regarded as the day that Hamas terrorists, with unleashed savagery launched a premeditated attack against several boarder communities in Israel that many regard as being unprecedented in magnitude.
From that day forward, at the hands of Hamas, the world has witnessed a cascade of horrific events which includes extreme violence against women and children, kidnapping, rising death tolls, destruction of property and other unspeakable acts.
From that day forward, events have unfolded leaving the most vulnerable, our world’s children in Israel and our world’s children in Gaza devastated, alongside their respective communities.
WBASNY stands in solidarity with other bar associations, organizations and civil society. WBASNY denounces as repugnant and vile the recent terrorist attacks and urges the twin torches of truth and justice to shine on the various crimes against humanity that began on October 7, 2023 and are ongoing.
Recalling the Preamble to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, WBASNY stands in “recognition of the inherent dignity and of the equal and inalienable rights of all members of the human family.” For the sake of all humanity, WBASNY stands.
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The Women’s Bar Association of the State of New York (WBASNY) is the professional membership organization of choice for over 4,000 attorneys throughout New York State and the largest statewide women’s bar association in the country. For more than four decades, WBASNY has been a singularly important resource for women lawyers, providing professional networking, continuing legal education programming, leadership training, and advocacy for the rights of women, children, and families. Through involvement with WBASNY’s 20 regional chapters and its 40-plus substantive law committees, WBASNY’s members collaborate with one another on a variety of issues and perform public and community service, in furtherance of its mission to promote the advancement of the status of women in society and women in the legal profession; to promote the fair and equal administration of justice; and to act as a unified voice for its members with respect to issues of statewide, national and international significance to women generally and women attorneys in particular. WBASNY holds United Nations NGO status with the U.N.’s Department of Public Information, and Special Consultative status in association with the U.N. Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC). WBASNY is also a founding member of the National Conference of Women’s Bar Associations.