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Dismantling of Illegal Migron Settlement Commended; Reform Leader Calls for Civility

Pelavin: "We acknowledge that the court's decision is unpopular and unwelcome in some quarters, but retaliatory attacks against places of worship, like the arson attack against a mosque in Qusra, must be condemned for what they are: criminal acts by criminals."

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Washington, D.C. September 7, 2011 - In response to the Israeli government's decision to demolish illegal structures in the West Bank settlement of Migron, Mark Pelavin, Associate Director of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism, issued the following statement:

The Reform Movement commends Prime Minister Netanyahu for his leadership in calling for the immediate dismantling of the Migron settlement, in accordance with a decision handed down by the Israeli Supreme Court. The court instructed that the illegal settlement, home to nearly 50 families, must be demolished by the end of next March because it is privately owned by Palestinians.

We acknowledge that the court's decision is unpopular and unwelcome in some quarters, but retaliatory attacks against places of worship, like the recent arson attack against a mosque in Qusra, must be condemned for what they are: criminal acts by criminals. Acts of vandalism of this type undermine Israel's security and the ability of her government to ensure the safety of all her citizens.

We call on the residents of Migron to comply with Israeli officials and encourage civility during this emotionally charged time. It is vital to remember that decisions such as this one are necessary in order to achieve peace. We will continue to support efforts that will help ensure a safe and prosperous future for generations of Israelis and Palestinians.

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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 1,800 Reform rabbis. Visit www.rac.org for more.



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