Mar 14, 2016

Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County Leaders Condemn Wave of Terror in Israel

We at the Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County are horrified and outraged by the brutal terror attacks in Israel that left more than ten Israelis injured and Taylor Force, a 29-year-old U.S. tourist, dead. This brings the number of casualties in such attacks since October to well over 200 Israelis as well as Americans, Russians and others, of whom 30 have died. Most of yesterday’s victims, as has been the pattern, were seemingly chosen at random: a pregnant woman, young people on a popular Tel Aviv boardwalk, a man on a suburban sidewalk…

We condemn in the strongest possible terms these continued barbarous stabbings, shootings and car rammings by Palestinians, and the relentless incitement that encourages them. 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.

As we mourn the loss of life and pray for those injured, we call on our government officials and global leaders to join in condemnation of this reprehensible bloodshed. It is time to contact lawmakers to actively engage in combating it.

We thank Vice President Biden, who was nearby meeting with former Israeli President Shimon Peres during one of the attacks, for his unequivocal statement, “Let me say in no uncertain terms: The United States of America condemns these acts and condemns the failure to condemn these acts. This cannot become an accepted modus operandi.”

May the family of Taylor Force be comforted among the mourners of Zion and Jerusalem and may his memory forever be a blessing.


Albert W. Gortz
Chair of the Board

Matthew Levin
President & CEO