Saperstein: Such acts of terrorism, designed to murder innocent civilians and undermine peace efforts, are inexcusable and doomed to fail.
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WASHINGTON, May 19, 2003 - Rabbi David Saperstein, Director of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism, expressed the outrage and grief of the Reform Jewish Movement today over the five suicide bombings that have taken place in Israel throughout the last three days. The recent wave of attacks, which began on Saturday evening, has left twelve innocent people dead and at least 70 wounded. Rabbi Saperstein responded to the incidents with the following statement:
Once again, after many weeks of relative calm, our hearts are saddened by renewed and senseless violence in Israel. The Reform Jewish Movement grieves for the victims of these attacks and their families. Such acts of terrorism, designed to murder innocent civilians and undermine peace efforts, are inexcusable and doomed to fail.
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 .