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Lights in support of Israel stolen from Memorial Hall

Release Date: Nov 09, 2023
TOPEKA – (November 9, 2023) - A thief stole blue lights from Memorial Hall, the state building that houses the Kansas Attorney General's Office and the Kansas Secretary of State Office. Attorney General Kris Kobach illuminated the building with blue and white lights in a show of solidarity with Israel on Oct. 8. 

The lights have since been replaced. Capitol Police have video footage of the theft and are investigating the crime.

"Whether the theft was an anti-Semitic action against Israel or merely petty theft, we will not tolerate it," Kobach said. "We don't tolerate broken glass. We don't tolerate hate. We don't tolerate petty theft. Kansas is a state where we follow the law, and we support Israel, too."

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