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Reform Jewish Leader Condemns Bombing of Iraqi Yazidis

Saperstein: We urge the government of Iraq… to pay particular attention to this past week’s events in the hope of averting further violence and protecting vulnerable religious and ethnic minorities.

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WashingtonDC, August 21, 2007 – In response to last week’s tragic bombings in Qahataniya and Jazeera, Iraq, Rabbi David Saperstein, Director of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism, issued the following statement:

The Reform Jewish Movement is both saddened and outraged by the violent attacks perpetrated against members of the minority religious Yazidi sect in Iraq. We mourn the loss of life, and send our condolences to the families of the nearly 400 people who were killed in the attacks. 

Over and above the bloodshed, these attacks are an example of the emerging violent oppression of minority groups in Iraq, and raise fears of coordinated ethnically motivated attacks that would only further destabilize reconstruction and efforts towards peace. 

We urge the government of Iraq, the U.S. government, and the international community to pay particular attention to this past week’s events in the hope of averting further violence and protecting vulnerable religious and ethnic minorities.

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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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