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November 28, 2008 Washington, DC - In response to the terror attacks in Mumbai, Rabbi David Saperstein, Director of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism issued the following statement:
We are deeply saddened by the tragic loss of life in Mumbai during this week's terror attacks. Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of those killed and wounded. While the loss of any innocent life to terrorist violence is reprehensible, for us as American Jews, the targeting of Jews, Americans and Britons touches us in deep personal ways. Yet though these three groups were singled out by the terrorists, the loss of life among people of many nationalities and faiths makes clear that the wretchedness of terrorism knows no boundaries.
The focused attack on Mumbai's Chabad House and its staff and visitors, including Rabbi Gavriel and Rivka Holtzberg, is sorrowfully only the latest in a series of terrorist acts against Jewish and Israeli travelers. We now add this week's horror to a too-long list that includes the 1973 murder of Israeli athletes in Munich, the 1976 hijacking of Air France flight 139, and the 1994 AMIA bombing in Buenos Aries, among so many others.
We pray that safety and security are restored in Mumbai without further loss of life and that the memories of those lost ever be for a blessing.