Conference of Presidents Appalled by Release of Daniel Pearl's Killers, Acquittal of AMIA Bombing Suspect

New York, NY

. . . Arthur Stark, Chairman, William Daroff, CEO, and Malcolm Hoenlein, Vice Chair of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, issued the following statement:

“We demand justice after a deeply troubling pattern of courts abroad failing to prosecute those who have taken Jewish lives.

We are disgusted by the decision of the Sindh High Court in Karachi, Pakistan to release Ahmed Omar Sheikh and three others involved in the barbaric killing of American Jewish journalist Daniel Pearl z"l in 2002. It is unconscionable for these murderers to go free.

This outrage comes as a federal court in Argentina chose to acquit Carlos Telleldín, a key suspect in the 1994 bombing of the Argentine Israelite Mutual Association (AMIA) in Buenos Aires that claimed the lives of 85 innocent people who were targeted simply because they were Jews.

The grievous injustice of these actions cannot stand; there must be a global outcry in response to this abject disregard of true justice and the denigration of life and especially of Jewish lives. All who believe in human dignity must forcefully condemn these decisions, and call for their swift appeal and reversal.”

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