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Reform Jewish Leader Condemns Inter-religious Violence in Egypt
In response to attacks against Coptic Christian worshippers in Alexandria, Egypt on Friday and the violence between Christians and Muslims that has ensued, Rabbi David Saperstein, Director of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism issued the following statement noting, “We urge the government of Egypt, our government, and the international community to pay particular attention to this week’s events [in Alexandria] in the hope of averting further violence and protecting a vulnerable religious minority.”

Saperstein: We urge the government of Egypt, our government, and the international community to pay particular attention to this week’s events [in Alexandria] in the hope of averting further violence and protecting a vulnerable religious minority.

Washington, April 18, 2006– In response to attacks against Coptic Christian worshippers in Alexandria, Egypt on Friday and the violence between Christians and Muslims that has ensued, Rabbi David Saperstein, Director of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism issued the following statement:

The Reform Jewish community is appalled by the violent attacks perpetrated against Coptic Christians while they were praying inside their churches last Friday. As committed advocates for religious liberty around the globe, we believe it a matter of the highest principle that individuals should be safe and free inside their houses of worship. We are also dismayed at the riots that have erupted in response on the part of both Christians and Muslims, and we hope that these voices will give way to those that have emerged within both communities promoting tolerance and stability.

We urge the government of Egypt, our government, and the international community to pay particular attention to this week’s events in the hope of averting further violence and protecting a vulnerable religious minority.

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The Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism is the Washington office of the Union for Reform Judaism, whose more than 900 congregations across North America encompass 1.5 million Reform Jews, and the Central Conference of American Rabbis, whose membership includes more than 1800 Reform rabbis.



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