Washington, D.C – The Jewish Council for Public Affairs (JCPA) is horrified by the attack and stands with the people of Paris, mourns those who were lost, and urges international coordination ensure security and confront terrorism.
“We offer our most heartfelt prayers to the people of Paris and all those victimized and injured by the terrorist attacks on Friday evening,” said JCPA Chair Susan Turnbull. “This is the second time this year that the French capital has been viciously attacked. These attacks are not only aimed at people, but at core beliefs that we share: freedom, civility, pluralism, and equality. We know the pain of terrorist attacks and resolve needed to confront extremist ideologies. We stand with the French people and take strength from their bravery. We hope that our shared beliefs and solidarity can also be a source of strength for them as well in these horrible moments.”
“The attacks in Paris are not an isolated event. They are part of a global effort to assault our shared values and way of life. As these attacks occurred in Paris, we were mindful of the continued rash of violence in Israel, Iraq, and across the horn of Africa. Nobody is suffering more than the people of Syria where millions have fled the same threats from the Islamic State (ISIS). No single people or nations can stop this violence. It is critical that all people who share these values come together – both through our governments, civil society institutions, and individual relationships – to stop this madness.”
JCPA, the public affairs arm of the organized Jewish community, serves as the national coordinating and advisory body for the 16 national and 125 local agencies comprising the field of Jewish community relations.