DENVER, Colorado — JEWISHcolorado and the JCRC are outraged by the brutal violence committed by Jewish terrorists last week in the vicinity of Nablus in the West Bank. We extend our deepest sympathies and condolences to the Dawabsheh family over the tragic death of 18-month-old Ali, and wish for a speedy recovery of the four-year-old brother and parents. We hope and pray that the terrorists who perpetrated this attack will be swiftly brought to justice.
This horrendous act of terrorism has been strongly denounced by Israeli leaders across the political and religious spectrum. Israel’s Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, called Palestinian President, Mahmud Abbas, saying “it’s upon us to together fight terror, no matter which side perpetrates it.” CLICK HERE to read more.
JEWISHcolorado and the JCRC are also outraged by the stabbing attack that injured 6 Israelis at the Jerusalem Gay Pride Parade, one of whom, a 16-year-old girl, died of her wounds. We send condolences to her family and wish the remaining injured a full recovery.
Police confirmed that the suspected perpetrator is a Jewish man from Modiin Ilit, who was recently released from prison after serving a 10-year sentence for stabbing three participants at the 2005 Gay Pride march.
This hate crime was also widely condemned by Israeli leaders across the political and religious spectrum. The Minister of Education, Naftali Bennett, called this an “unforgivable moral crime. The perpetrator damaged Jewish and moral values. We must conduct self-evaluation (cheshbon nefesh) to understand how we got here.” CLICK HERE to read more.
Within less than 24 hours, these two heinous acts of senseless violence were seemingly committed by Jewish extremists. We recognize that they do not represent fundamental Jewish values of Israel and the Jewish People. We affirm our commitment to tolerance, inclusion and acceptance, based on the fundamental Jewish precept that we are all created B’tzelem Elokim (in the image of G-d).
Founded in 1946, JEWISHcolorado, formerly known as Allied Jewish Federation of Colorado, is the umbrella community organization inspired by the collective responsibility to build and sustain Jewish life in Colorado, Israel, and around the world. Its mission is to secure, steward, and share philanthropic and human resources in support of vibrant Jewish life as well as to mobilize the community in times of need. JEWISHcolorado is a proud member of the Jewish Federations of North America, which is among the top ten charities on the continent. JEWISHcolorado raises and distributes funds in support of a wide variety of programs and partner organizations both locally and globally. Last year, JEWISHcolorado’s Annual Campaign raised $10.7 million and the Endowment and Planned Giving arm houses more than $55 million in long term assets for individuals, agencies and synagogues in the community. For more information, visit www.JEWISHcolorado.org
About the Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC)
The JCRC advocates for domestic and international policy issues that affect the Colorado Jewish community, represents these views to the Jewish community and to the general community of Colorado, and organizes the Jewish community in times of crisis. JCRC consists of 36 member organizations in Colorado and is affiliated with the Jewish Council for Public Affairs (JCPA).