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Peak Jewish body condemns racist attacks

October 11, 2011 – 7:03 pm4 Comments

Israeli president Shimon Peres accompanied by Israeli Chief Rabbis and Sheikh Mohamad Quiwan as he inspects the mosque which was torched in the Bedouin village of Tuba Zangaria, located in the Upper Galilee. Image: Menahem Kahana

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

JCCV President, John Searle, stated that “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’sattack, 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.”

Sourced from a JCCV press release.

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