Today is January 21, 2020 -

Statement – part 2

In the wake of the horrific August 8 stabbing of a yeshiva student in the West Bank, a 17-year-old was murdered last Friday while hiking in the West Bank with her brother and father. The father and brother were both injured. Both of these attacks were on civilians and, therefore, acts of terrorism. 

Last week, I issued two statements on behalf of Jewish Federation. They are good statements and worth repeating:

  1. We oppose anti-Semitism.
  2. We support the State of Israel as the Homeland of the Jewish people. We strive to rescue at-risk Jews from around the world to safety in Israel. We are responsible for the safety, security, and well-being of our people, regardless of our opinions of the actions of the democratically elected leaders of the United States or of Israel.

This week, we condemn the brutal attacks in the West Bank, and add statement #3:

  1. We condemn terrorism.

These statements are purposely broad and absolute. They are not conditional on politics. We never blame the victim–17-year-old hikers do not deserve to die regardless of our opinions on the Israeli/Palestinian conflict or of the West Bank. 

I hope to have a lighter topic next week, but with Hurricane Dorian on its way to Florida, I’m not optimistic. If communities need our help, of course we’ll be there to help. I’ll keep you posted. 

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