Reform Movement Deplores Ethnic Killings in Kosovo; State-Sponsored Terrorism an Affront to Biblical Principles
NEW YORK, Jan. 19- Rabbi Eric H. Yoffie, president of the Reform Movement's Union of American Hebrew Congregations, today expressed his "profound sorrow and outrage" on the slaughter of 45 ethnic Albanians by Serbian forces in the Yugoslav province of Kosovo..
Statement on Racak Massacre Rabbi Eric H. Yoffie President Union of American Hebrew Congregations
On behalf of the Union of American Hebrew Congregations, the congregational arm of Reform Judaism, I express my profound sorrow and outrage at the killing of Albanian civilians by Serb security forces in Racak, Kosovo.
The Jewish community is particularly sensitive to the horrors of ethnic cleansing and the sins committed in the name of nationalism, and it cannot stand idly by when blood is unjustly shed. We applaud Rabbi Yisrael Meir Lau, Israel's chief Ashkenazi rabbi, for calling for a special session of the Knesset to consider this issue, and we are asking our members in North America to make their voices heard. All nations of the world will ultimately have to atone for their complicity in these acts if they permit the slaughter to continue.
We urge our government, the UN, NATO, and the International War Crime Tribunal to bring the perpetrators to justice. State-sponsored terrorism, in Kosovo and elsewhere, is an affront to the Biblical principle on which all civilization is based--that human life is sacred and that the individual is made in the image of God.