November 18, 2014
Minneapolis, MN – Steve Hunegs, executive director of the Jewish Community Relations Council of Minnesota and the Dakotas (JCRC) issued the following statement regarding today’s terror attack at a Jerusalem synagogue in which four worshipers were murdered and an Israeli policeman was gravely wounded:
“We condemn today’s terror attack at the Kehilat Bnei Torah synagogue in Jerusalem, in which Rabbi Avraham Shmuel Goldberg, Rabbi Aryeh Kupinsky, Rabbi Moshe Twersky, and Rabbi Kalman Levine were murdered while attending morning worship services. According to police, Rabbi Avraham Shmuel Goldberg was a British citizen, while Rabbi Moshe Twersky, Rabbi Kalman Levine, and Rabbi Aryeh Kupinsky were American citizens. We mourn for the families of the victims in today's terror attack.
“Additionally, the Times of Israel reports that ‘doctors are battling to save the life of a policeman who was critically wounded in the exchange of gunfire with terrorists at the synagogue.’
“Palestinian media reports that the two cousins who carried out the terror attack, Uday and Ghassan Abu Jamal, were members of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) terror group. The PFLP has since claimed responsibility for today’s synagogue massacre and Hamas, the Palestinian terrorist group which rules over the Gaza Strip, publicly called 'for the continuation of acts of revenge.'
“The JCRC echoes the statement of Dan Shapiro, United States ambassador to Israel, who said that today’s terror attack in Jerusalem ‘represents a barbaric new low in the sad and outrageous history of such attacks’ and that ‘murdering worshippers at prayer in a synagogue is an act of pure, unadulterated evil.’
“We also appreciate Ambassador Shapiro’s condemnation of the attack ‘in the strongest possible terms’ and we agree ‘there is no possible justification for such an act of violence. Beyond the terrorists who were killed by police responding to the attack, any others involved must be held responsible and brought to justice.’”
As the public affairs voice of the Jewish community, the JCRC fights anti-Semitism and prejudice, advocates for Israel, provides Holocaust education, promotes tolerance and social justice, and builds bridges across the Jewish and broader communities.