Jewish Leaders Condemn PA’s Call for Violent Disruption of Ceremony Honoring Liberation of Auschwitz

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 condemn the publication over the weekend in the Palestinian Authority’s daily newspaper, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, of an article inciting attacks against the gathering of world leaders in Jerusalem commemorating the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz this week. Such a call for violence can never be justified, but it is especially repugnant for the PA to incite terrorism deliberately aimed at disrupting an occasion as solemn and significant as this.

The day that the article was published, its barbaric call for bloodshed was heeded when an Israeli civilian was stabbed by a Palestinian terrorist near the Tomb of the Patriarchs. So long as the PA maintains this shockingly belligerent posture toward Israel, and displays such wanton disregard for the Jewish people and this most sacred and significant commemoration, the path to peace is obstructed. It is time for the PA to also end the Holocaust denigration and denial evidenced in its political, educational, and media sectors. We pray that no further senseless violence occurs as a result of this outrageous call."

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