Jun 10, 2016
Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County Leaders Condemn Resurgence of Terror in Israel
We at the Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County are horrified and outraged by this week’s deadly shooting attack in a popular dining and shopping center in the heart of Tel Aviv. The rampage claimed the lives of four people and injured 16 others.
News outlets and witnesses have reported that two assailants dined at a popular night spot, ordered dessert and began randomly shooting at other diners and passersby. This first lethal terror attack in Israel in three months shattered any semblance of normalcy in daily life among those who might have started to believe the worst of the previous months’ terror wave might be behind them.
As always, we condemn in the strongest possible terms these vicious attacks by Palestinians, and the relentless incitement that encourages them. And, as always, our Jewish community stands together with others around the world in unwavering solidarity with our brothers and sisters in Israel – in their outrage and grief, and with their daily lives clouded by continual threats of the random violence around them as they confront this wave of terror with courage and fortitude.
We thank the U.S. State Department spokesman, who condemned the "horrific terrorist attack" in a statement, saying "cowardly attacks against innocent civilians can never be justified." As we mourn the loss of life and pray for those injured, we call on our government officials and global leaders to join in this condemnation and actively engage in combating it.
May the families of Ido Ben Ari age 42, Michael Feige age 58, Mila Mishayev age 32 and Ilana Neve age 39 be comforted among the mourners of Zion and Jerusalem and may the memories of their loved ones forever be for blessing.
As we said to a crowd of nearly 2,000 from across our Jewish community at Jewish Unity Day on Monday night, “we need to count on each of us working together to address the challenges of our people today and those we will face in the future.”
May this be a peaceful Shabbat for all of our Jewish family here, in Israel and throughout the world.