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Reform Jewish Leader Reacts To Tel Aviv Terror Attack
In response to yesterday’s suicide bombing in Tel Aviv, Rabbi David Saperstein, Director of the Religious Action Center, noted "For as if the brutal killings were not painful enough, we now read words of support for the bombing from the leadership of the Palestinian Authority."

Saperstein: For as if the brutal killings were not painful enough, we now read words of support for the bombing from the leadership of the Palestinian Authority.

Washington, April 18, 2006 - In response to yesterday’s suicide bombing in Tel Aviv, Rabbi David Saperstein, Director of the Religious Action Center, issued the following statement:

Our thoughts and prayer are with the families of the victims of yesterday’s deadly terrorist attack in Tel Aviv. We think of the lives brutally cut short, of the families torn apart, and we weep.

We weep as well for the prospects for peace. In this season, when we celebrate the journey of the Jewish people from slavery to freedom, when all around us we see the green of spring, we know that all things are possible. But we must acknowledge that, once again, Hamas has proven to the world that it is not a partner for peace, that it prefers destruction to dialogue.

For as if the brutal killings were not painful enough, we now read words of support for the bombing from the leadership of the Palestinian Authority. Hamas leaders have defended the attack as a justified response to Israeli "aggression" against the Palestinians. In this case, it is important to note, “aggression” consisted of visiting a fast food restaurant in downtown Tel Aviv. Is the Hamas-led Palestinian Authority so pleased with the sight of Israeli blood that it rationalizes killing of civilians?

The Palestinian people deserve better leadership. They deserve, and their neighbors have a right to expect, that their government will not condone terrorism.

Today we weep, and we pray for the peace of Jerusalem.



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