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Reform Jewish Movement Condemns Terrorist Bombings of Turkish Synagogues


Feldman: The bloody confusion on the streets of Istanbul outside the two bombed synagogues has appalled and agonized compassionate people everywhere. The deplorable acts of terrorist violence reached beyond the target of Jews, assaulting all humanity.


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NEW YORK, November 17, 2003 - In strong condemnation of the terrorist bombings of Turkish synagogues, Rabbi Marla Feldman, Director of the Commission on Social Action of Reform Judaism, issued the following statement::

The Reform Jewish Movement condemns the near-simultaneous terrorist bombings of Turkish synagogues, which killed more than 20 and wounded more than 300 others as Jews gathered inside for their Sabbath celebration. Although inspired by anti-Semitism, the terrorist bombs did not discriminate, killing and maiming Jewish worshippers and their Muslim neighbors with equal fury. Our hearts and prayers go out to the victims, their families, and loved ones.

The bloody confusion on the streets of Istanbul outside the two bombed synagogues has appalled and agonized compassionate people everywhere. The deplorable acts of terrorist violence reached beyond the target of Jews, assaulting all humanity.

While we applaud the swift action of Turkish authorities to address this heinous crime, we must not ignore the rising tolerance of anti-Semitism that breeds such attacks. People of good will must continually and consistently raise their voices to denounce expressions of anti-Semitism and acts of terror around the world, and we must work together to renew the shattered communities affected by them.

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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(CCAR) whose membership includes more than 1800 Reform rabbis .



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