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Jewish community condemns racist attacks

Jewish community condemns racist attacks

10 October 2011

The Jewish Community Council of Victoria (JCCV) strongly condemns the attack on a mosque in Israel and the subsequent attacks against both Jewish and Muslim targets.

JCCV President John Searle said: “The attack on the mosque in the village of Tuba Zangaria was carried out by a small group of thugs who, by their shameful actions, have placed themselves outside of mainstream Israeli and Jewish communities.”

“It is appropriate that so many Rabbis and other Jewish leaders around the world have expressed their outrage at the attacks, and have stated without reservation that such behaviour has no basis in Judaism.”

“I am pleased that Israeli police have already apprehended a suspect in last week’s attack, and hope that this will be of some comfort to our Muslim friends. As the only democracy in the Middle East, I am sure Israel will remain vigilant in rooting out those who engage in this vile behaviour.”

Searle added that he was similarly saddened following the attacks that took place upon Jacob’s Tomb and the cemeteries in Jaffa. He stated that “Jacob’s Tomb is known as one of the most sacred of Jewish sites and there is simply no place for this sort of senseless and racist attack. I express hope that the Palestinian Authorities will vigilantly investigate these crimes and bring the perpetrators to justice.”

For further information, please contact:
John Searle, President JCCV – (03) 9272 5566
Michelle Coleman, Executive Director JCCV – (03) 9272 5579/ 0402 474 900


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