Reform Jewish Movement Leader Condemns Suicide Bomb Attack in Israel that Kills Two and Wounds Many More
Saperstein: "These types of actions are appalling and unacceptable. Our hearts reach out to the families of those killed and wounded. We say to the people of Israel: we stand with you, now and forever."
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Jerusalem, Israel, July 17, 2001 -- Rabbi David Saperstein, Director of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism, expressed outrage at the suicide bomb attack that killed two Israelis and wounded many more outside a train station in Binyamina, Israel yesterday. "Such actions are appalling and unacceptable. Our hearts reach out to the families of those killed and wounded," Rabbi Saperstein said. He continued, "We say to the people of Israel: we stand with you, now and forever. Suicide bombers aim to destroy not only individual lives but Israel's national resolve; they target the very hope for peace."
Another major bombing was averted earlier that day when two Palestinian men were killed in Jerusalem by a bomb they were preparing near the site of the opening Maccabiah Games. Rabbi Saperstein, who is in Israel with his family this month, noted: "As innocent men and women continue to be killed on a daily basis and children are targeted for death by Palestinian terrorists, the opprobrium of the world community must be sounded clearly. Yet, even now, we are reminded that the logic of the peace process, the reality that motivated Yitzhak Rabin, is not changed by these brutal acts." Rabbi Saperstein concluded, "We must continue to work for an end to the senseless violence and killings and pray that we will soon see the return of Israel and Palestinians to the negotiating table."
The Religious Action Center of Reform Judaismis the Washington office of the Union of American Hebrew Congregations (UAHC), whose 900 congregations across North America encompass 1.5 million Reform Jews, and the Central Conference of American Rabbis (CCAR) whose membership includes over 1700 Reform rabbis.