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March 1, 2015 | 10th Adar 5775

West Bank Mosque Attack Condemned

Yoffie: "It is our hope that this act of terrorism will remain an isolated incident and not spark future vandalism or retaliation."

Eric Harris

NEW YORK, June 7, 2011 – In response to the graffiti and torching of a West Bank mosque today near Ramallah, allegedly by settlers protesting Israeli action taken against unauthorized settlements, Rabbi Eric Yoffie, President of the Union for Reform Judaism, issued the following statement:

We unequivocally condemn today's vandalism at a West Bank mosque. Acts of arson are always wrong and are especially despicable when directed at a house of worship. It is our hope that this act of terrorism will remain an isolated incident and not spark future vandalism or retaliation.

Reports indicate that the name of a recently evacuated settlement, Alei Ayin, was written on the mosque, and police suspect that the vandalism could be linked to the evacuation. We call on all those who live within Israel's borders to abstain from violence and vandalism and instead work to foster an atmosphere where peace can become a reality. Attacks of this type undermine Israel's security and the ability of her government to ensure the safety of all her citizens.

We commend Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for his swift condemnation of the attack, and we welcome Defense Minister Ehud Barak's statements that the IDF will use any measures necessary to capture the perpetrators. We hope that the perpetrators will be brought to justice quickly and further incidents of this sort will be prevented.

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