Statement on Har Adar

New York, NY . . . Stephen M. Greenberg, Chairman, and Malcolm Hoenlein, CEO, of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, strongly condemn the horrific terror attack that left three Israelis killed and one wounded in Har Adar.

On Tuesday morning a 37-year-old Palestinian male with a working permit from Beit Surik approached a checkpoint at the entrance to Har Adar and opened fire.  The attack left two security officers and a border policeman dead and one other wounded.

“We express our condolences and deepest sympathy to the families of those killed by the terrorists in this ruthless terror attack and offer our prayers for the recovery of those who were wounded. We urge that President Abbas and the Palestinian Authority end their incitement and rewards for terrorism against Israel. Hours after the attack, Hamas was celebrating and handing out candy on the streets. There is no justification for the glorification of brutal terror attacks. We are appalled by this behavior and by reports that the Palestinian Authority would make payments to reward the family of the terrorist.

There can be no real prospect for progress on the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians until the Palestinian’s end their policy of glorifying ‘martyrs’, incentivizing murder and reinforcing a culture which legitimizes and encourages terror.”

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