UAHC PRESIDENT EXPRESSES OUTRAGE AND GRIEF
OVER LATEST ACTS OF PALESTINIAN TERROR
(New York, NY, January 6, 2003) - Rabbi Eric H. Yoffie, President of the Reform Movement's Union of American Hebrew Congregations, expressed his outrage and grief today over the two suicide bombings that took place in Tel Aviv during rush hour Sunday evening. The bombs detonated less than a minute apart adjacent to the city's main bus terminal, killing 23 people and injuring more than 100. Rabbi Yoffie responded to the incident with the following statement:
"As this secular New Year begins, we are once again confronted with the persistence of evil, with bombings in Israel designed to slaughter the greatest number of innocent people as they make their way home to their families at the end of the day. Our hearts ache for the families of those killed and wounded in these gruesome attacks. We say to our brothers and sisters in Israel, we stand with you today and always.
"The world cannot stand quietly by as Palestinian terrorists continue to target innocent men, women, and children. The grotesque use of deadly violence directed at civilians, which has become a defining element of the Palestinian uprising, is revolting and reprehensible. Violence will not achieve peace. These horrific acts make progress on the peace process more difficult, but no less important. We hope and pray that the Palestinians will cease this bloodshed. This New Year can still be a year of peace, but it will require forswearing violence and suicide bombings to make it so."
The Union of American Hebrew Congregations is the central body of Reform Judaism in North America, uniting 1.5 million Reform Jews in more than 900 synagogues. UAHC services include camps, music and book publishing, outreach to unaffiliated and intermarried Jews, educational programs, and the Religious Action Center in Washington, DC.