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Jerusalem Terror Attack

Last updated: 2003-08-20

Chief Rabbi Dr Jonathan Sacks

Chief Rabbi Dr Jonathan Sacks

The Chief Rabbi, Dr Jonathan Sacks has sent the following letter to Uri Lupolianski, the Mayor of Jerusalem, following the devasting terror attack last night:

“Following last night’s brutal attack I am writing to ask you to convey our condolences to the families of the victims and to assure you of our tefillot for all of the injured. I have asked all synagogues under my aegis, across Britain and the Commonwealth to recite additional Tehillim this Shabbat.

Terror - the deliberate targeting of innocent victims - is evil, whoever practises it and whoever it is practiced against; however in this instance the depth of that evil has been magnified. The timing of the bombing, designed to kill those returning from prayer at our holiest site, the Kotel, is a stark reminder to the world that Israel faces enemies who hide behind a cloak of religion but in reality seek to undermine the very values of faith itself.

This was an attempt to murder not just people, but even the hope of peace itself. The images of courage and heroism that we have seen today are a clear signal that the people of Jerusalem cannot be defeated by terror. Under your leadership I feel sure that this message will resonate around the world in the days to come.

May the Almighty grant strength to you and to the people of Jerusalem.”