Posted on January 22, 2015
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NEW YORK –Today, just one day after attacks in Tel Aviv and Argentina, the United Nations General Assembly held a special session on the rise of worldwide anti-Semitism. The Jewish Council for Public Affairs (JCPA) condemned the terrorist attacks in Tel Aviv and Argentina, and urged all to come together to reject the hatred that gives rise to such senseless violence, praising the UN for this important step forward in holding such a critical conversation.
“Within a span of twenty-four hours, we witnessed two horrifying attacks against Jewish targets in Israel and Argentina,” said JCPA President/CEO Rabbi Steve Gutow. “These outrageous attacks should be viewed not only as acts of anti-Semitism, but also as assaults on universal values embodied by any pluralistic society, including the freedom from fear based on one’s religious or ethnic identity. Let us all come together to condemn these attacks, while we strive to uproot the hatred that inspired them. We are encouraged by the UN’s special session today addressing worldwide anti-Semitism and hope that their example will inspire the entire worldwide community. As the late Prime Minister of Israel Yitzhak Rabin famously said, ‘enough of blood and tears.’”
“We must find ways of bringing this wave of violence to an end,” said JCPA Chair Susan Turnbull. “We all deserve better – we deserve to live in a world free from violent extremism. We call on our leaders to continue to fight against those who seek to divide us and stand strong together in the face of hatred and anti-Semitism and applaud those participating in the UN special session today. We also pray for the swift recovery of those wounded in the attacks at the Onda Azul hostel in southern Argentina and aboard a Tel Aviv bus.”