Thursday, August 18, 2011

The JCRC of Greater Washington Condemns Attack in Israel

18 Aug 2011 19:28 Africa/Lagos

The JCRC of Greater Washington Condemns Attack in Israel

PR Newswire

WASHINGTON, Aug. 18, 2011

WASHINGTON, Aug. 18, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ The Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC) of Greater Washington unequivocally condemns today’s tragic attacks against innocent Israeli civilians.

In a coordinated series of terrorist attacks on Israeli targets near the southern city of Eilat Thursday, seven people were killed at least 26 people wounded. According to news reports, the first attack was a drive-by shooting targeting Egged bus 392 traveling from Be'er Sheva to the vacation destination of Eilat. When IDF forces rushed to the scene they were met with several explosive devices that were detonated alongside an IDF vehicle. Within the ensuing 30 minutes, multiple mortars and anti-tank missiles were fired from Egypt and Gaza into Israel, killing seven civilians and wounding others.

The IDF Spokesman reported that two to four terrorists were killed during the clashes. The wounded are being evacuated by IDF helicopter to hospitals in Eilat and Be'er Sheva.

This horrible act of violence raises concerns that some Palestinians continue to embrace the path of violence and that terrorists are again deliberately targeting innocent civilians.

We express dismay at this escalation of violence directed at Israeli civilians and condemn the PA’s culture of praising terrorists, which produces terrorism. This incitement must stop. We also express concern about Egypt’s weakening grip on the Sinai Peninsula and call on the Egyptian government to prevent terrorist cells from targeting Israeli civilians from Egyptian territory.

The JCRC stands in solidarity with the state of Israel in her commitment to peace and supports Israel’s right to do what is necessary to protect its citizens.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families and we pray for healing and peace in Israel.

The Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Washington (JCRC) is the public affairs and community relations arm of the Jewish community representing 210 Jewish organizations and synagogues throughout D.C., Maryland, and Virginia. The JCRC focuses on government relations, Israel advocacy, inter-group relations, and social justice.

SOURCE Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Washington

CONTACT: Ron Halber, Executive Director, +1-301-770-0881,

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