The European Jewish Congress (EJC) denounced the jubilation displayed by thousands of Palestinians in Gaza and southern Lebanon following the terrorist attack against a rabbinical seminary in Jerusalem.
“The jubilation displayed by thousands of Palestinians in Gaza and South Lebanon relayed by Hezbollah and Hamas, find its roots in Iran and Syria. The international community should not only condemn this barbarous act but blacklist the rogue states and stop all activities and exchanges with them,” the European Jewish body said in a statement.
Eight students were killed and several wounded in the terrorist attack by a Palestinian gunman at the Merkaz Harav yeshiva on Thursday.
“The European Jewish Congress is shocked at this abject attack which specifically targeted student and expresses its condolences to the families and ensures them and the wounded its deepest solidarity,” the statement added.
EJC President Moshe Kantor wondered “what credit can we give to today’s condemnation of the Jerusalem attack by Mr. Mahmoud Abbas, while only a few days ago he denounced the so-called ‘Holocaust’ perpetrated by Israelis in reaction to the daily Palestinian rockets fired at Israeli towns?”
“By leaving Gaza, Israel gave the opportunity to the Palestinian people to implement self-determination in the Gaza Strip. How can Hamas justify its abilities to produce sophisticated weapons within reach of major Israeli towns and spending millions in armament, while at the same time calling the international community to the rescue to feed its civilian population?,” he added.
UN failure to condemn attack
In New York, a major international Jewish organization called it “shocking” that the United Nations Security Council could not bring itself to condemn the Jerusalem attack.
“While many world leaders condemned the killings as an unconscionable act of terror, the UN Security Council failed to reach a consensus when it met to consider a statement of its own, with Libya, a non-permanent member, obstructing a unanimous vote,” the Anti-Defamation League said.
Abraham Foxman, ADL’s national director, said:”While it is heartening that many nations expressed support and sympathy with Israel in the aftermath of this horrific attack, formal action by the Security Council would send a powerful message that the Palestinian cause is not served by wanton acts of violence and terrorism, and that such attacks against civilians run counter to the interests of peace.”