No More Exceptions; Hamas Terrorism Must Be Condemned

New York, NY

Arthur Stark, Chairman and Malcolm Hoenlein, Executive Vice Chairman/CEO of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations issued the following statement:

We mourn, together with the Ish-Ran family, the people of Israel, and decent people everywhere the death of Shira and Amichai Ish-Ran’s 3-day old infant child, Amiad Yisrael z”l. He succumbed to wounds of a brutal barbaric terrorist attack. We also mourn the loss of two of Israel’s defenders, Yovel Mor Yosef and Yosef Cohen, gunned down in cold blood at a bus stop. We pray for the speedy and full recovery of all those injured, including the eight victims of the terrorist attack in Ofra, two additional soldiers, and the two border guards stabbed in the Old City of Jerusalem.

We await the international community’s forceful condemnation of these terrorist outrages against innocent citizens, but we know from past history that it will be, at best, slow in coming, except from the United States. Just last week, the members of the United Nations were unable to summon the necessary conviction, decency, and moral clarity to condemn Hamas, an organization which has claimed responsibility for a number of these attacks, which has actively sought the destruction of a sovereign country, and planned and undertaken thousands of terrorist acts targeting civilians over the last 30 years.

We support the Israeli government’s decision to take all necessary and proper steps to safeguard the lives of its citizens and to keep them from harm. We hope that these senseless and horrific acts of violence will quickly cease and true peace can be pursued.

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