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Reform Jewish Leader Condemns Eilat Suicide Bombing

  Feldman: Our thoughts and sympathies are with the families of those wounded and killed today and whose names have been added to the heartbreakingly long list of Israeli men, women and children whose lives have been cut short by the violence of terrorism.

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New York, New York, January 29, 2007- In response to today’s suicide bombing in Eilat that claimed 3 innocent lives, Rabbi Marla Feldman, Director of the Commission on Social Action of Reform Judaism, issued the following statement:

“We are deeply saddened by today’s tragic suicide bombing in Eilat that took the lives of 3 innocent civilians.  This base action has again targeted innocent people trying to function in their daily lives and persevere in a climate already rife with tension. Our thoughts and sympathies are with the families of those wounded and killed today and whose names have been added to the heartbreakingly long list of Israeli men, women and children whose lives have been cut short by the violence of terrorism.”

“Today’s attack was carried out by those who wish to condemn the Israeli and Palestinian people to an endless future of tragedy. Violence and bloodshed will never be paths to peace. Even as we mourn this tragic loss of life, we welcome Fatah’s rejection of today’s attack. It is our hope that even in the wake of destruction and suffering, steps toward peace might yet emerge.  We pray and work for a time when Israeli and Palestinian children will grow up free from fear, hatred and bloodshed, where appeals to violence and martyrdom are rejected, and where Palestinians and Israelis will live in peace alongside one another.”

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