URJ Commends Prime Minister Netanyahu For Commitment To Aleppo's Wounded Civilians

Contact: Lauren Theodore at 212-650-4154

New York, NY; December 21, 2016 – In response to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s announcement that Israel will find ways to assist wounded civilians from Aleppo, Syria, Union for Reform Judaism President Rabbi Rick Jacobs issued the following statement:

In these darkest days of the year, we applaud and are heartened by Prime Minister Netanyahu’s bold decision to help alleviate the devastating scale of human suffering by, according to news reports, seeking ways to expand Israel’s medical assistance to the civilian casualties of the Syrian tragedy, specifically in Aleppo.

Israel’s commitment to providing humanitarian assistance shows her to be the true “light unto the nations” we need in this dark hour. 

We hope that Israel’s actions in response to this crisis will inspire all those with the power to act to follow suit. 


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