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Reform Movement Condemns Rocket Attacks in Israel

Rabbis Saperstein: "The rockets serve no purpose other than to kill and terrorize innocent Israelis and the ongoing effort to target them must not continue."

Contact: Sean Thibault or Mikey Pasek
202.387.2800 | news@rac.org

WASHIGTON, D.C., October 24, 2012 - In response to the more than 70 rockets fired from Gaza that have fallen in Israel in the past day, Rabbi David Saperstein, Director of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism, issued the following statement:

"On behalf of the Reform Jewish Movement throughout North America, we are outraged by the ongoing rocket attacks from Gaza into Israel and are gravely concerned for the lives and well-being of the affected Israeli communities. Already, there have been injuries reported and the broader disruption to the everyday routines of Israelis is unacceptable and heartbreaking.

The rockets serve no purpose other than to kill and terrorize innocent Israelis and the ongoing effort to target them must not continue. We call on the international community to immediately step up pressure on Hamas to ensure the cessation of these horrific acts."

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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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