Pelavin: Our prayers will continue to yearn for the day when Israelis and Palestinians will live in peace with one another. Tragically, and cruelly, today's barbarous act only serves to make that day more distant.
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WASHINGTON, March 5, 2003 - Mark J. Pelavin, Associate Director of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism (RAC), expressed his sorrow and dismay today over the horrifying terrorist attack in Haifa. A suicide bomber detonated explosives on a bus in the northern Israeli city, killing at least 15 people and injuring more than 40. Mr. Pelavin responded to the incident with the following statement:
Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and the families of those who have been killed and injured in this brutal terror attack. We stand in solidarity with our brothers and sisters in Israel at this difficult and painful time.
No decent human being can remain silent in response to these brutal attacks. There will be no peace in the Middle East until Palestinian terrorists, who continue to target innocent men, women, and children, are brought to justice.
These extremists must not be allowed to control events in the region. Our prayers will continue to yearn for the day when Israelis and Palestinians will live in peace with one another. Tragically, and cruelly, today's barbarous act only serves to make that day more distant.
The Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism is the Washington office of the Union of American Hebrew Congregations (UAHC) , whose over 900 congregations across North America encompass 1.5 million Reform Jews , and the Central Conference of American Rabbis(CCAR) whose membership includes over 1800 Reform rabbis .