Tuesday, March 8, 2016, New York, NY…Stephen M. Greenberg, Chairman, and Malcolm Hoenlein, Executive Vice Chairman/CEO of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations strongly condemned the three terrorist attacks in Israel that took the life of an American tourist and left numerous victims seriously wounded. “We extend our condolences to the family of Taylor Force and our prayers for all of those who have been injured. We condemn the attacks in Jaffa, Jerusalem, and Petah Tikvah and call on the international community, especially the Palestinian Authority, to take action to end these outrages by holding to account those engaging in incitement or who otherwise encourage or aid these attacks. There can be no comprise or excuses for terrorism.”
“We welcome the strong statement by Vice President Biden who was visiting near the site. He condemned ‘in the strongest possible terms the brutal attack’ and added ‘there is no justification for such acts of terror’. Some police officials speculated that the attacks were related to the visit, but terrorists don’t need an excuse. These barbaric knife and other attacks are particularly vicious and indiscriminate. We support the government of Israel’s efforts to take whatever measures are necessary to stop these outrages and stand in solidarity with the people of Israel.”
The Conference of Presidents is the central coordinating body representing 54 national Jewish organizations on issues of national and international concern.