Brit Tzedek Mourns Victims of
Jerusalem Yeshiva Shooting
CHICAGO -- Steve Masters, President of Brit
Tzedek v'Shalom, the Jewish Alliance for Justice and Peace,
issued the following statement in response to today's terrorist
shooting at the Mercaz Harav yeshiva in Jerusalem that left 8
students dead and many wounded.
"Brit Tzedek mourns with the families of
the eight killed and prays for the recovery of the many who were
wounded in the attack today in the heart of Jerusalem. We
unequivocally condemn this act of terror, and our hearts go out
to those who are impacted by this gruesome and senseless
While shocking in its scope and depravity,
it is not a surprise that this attack was perpetrated the day
after Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and Palestinian
President Mahmoud Abbas agreed to return to peace talks and on
the same day Egyptian officials were trying to mediate a truce
between Gaza militants and Israel. It is part and parcel of a
longstanding pattern in the conflict's history whereby
extremists use horrifying acts of violence to hijack progress
towards the negotiated resolution to the conflict, for which the
majority of both peoples long.
May this devastating act of violence not be
allowed, yet again, to derail the will of two peoples in their
quest for true peace and security. And may our outrage
over these murders spur us to recommit ourselves to finding
together a way to end the violence. Our prayers are with
the fallen and their families. May their memories be a
Brit Tzedek v'Shalom, the Jewish
Alliance for Justice and Peace, is a national grassroots
organization more than 38,000 strong, that educates and
mobilizes American Jews in support of a negotiated two-state
resolution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Brit Tzedek v'Shalom, The Jewish Alliance
for Justice and Peace
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Chicago, IL 60603
Phone: (312) 341-1205
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