Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Comments From Local Elected Officials Re: Terrorist Attack in Jerusalem


RE: Terrorist Attack in Jerusalem

“I condemn this heartless act of violence in Israel and stand in solidarity with the families of the victims.  To have committed these brutal murders in a house of worship is appalling and I, along with all people of conscience, denounce these horrendous acts.  I send my prayers to the families of the four rabbis killed and will continue to pray for peace in Israel,” said Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr.


“The horrific synagogue attack in Israel once again demonstrates the disgusting and despicable tactics used by those who would seek to paralyze Israel and the world in fear. I mourn with Israelis and Jews across the globe over these senseless acts of violence in such a sacred space and stand in solidarity with Israel today and always. My heart and my prayers are with the families of the four innocent victims lost in the attack, especially the family of Riverdale resident and religious leader Rabbi Jonathan Rosenblatt of the Riverdale Jewish Center, whose brother-in-law Rabbi Moshe Twersky was killed.”

Statement From Council Member Andrew Cohen

“I am appalled by the vicious terrorist attack committed in Jerusalem this morning. The senseless killing of innocent people inside a sacred house of worship is a despicable crime that can never be justified. My prayers go out to the families of the four rabbis that were killed and look forward to justice being taken against the terrorists responsible for these merciless acts of violence. It is more important now than ever before that the people of New York stand with our friends in Israel during this time of sadness,” said Council Member Andrew Cohen.

Statement by Assemblyman Jeffrey Dinowitz

The vicious and unprovoked terror attack on those worshipping in a Synagogue in Jerusalem was pure evil. The savages who perpetrated the attack did it for one reason only:  their targets were Jewish.  My heart goes out to the families and friends of all of the victims.  This attack hits home even more because one of those murdered, Rabbi Moshe Twersky, was the brother-in-law of Rabbi Jonathan Rosenblatt of the Riverdale Jewish Center.  It certainly makes it hard to believe that Palestinians want peace when thousands of them in Gaza celebrated this unspeakable crime.  As always, I stand in solidarity with Israel and, while I pray for peace and mourn these deaths, I hope Israel takes whatever action is necessary to protect itself and its citizens.


The brutal terrorist attack inside an Israeli synagogue is a despicable crime that has no place in any civilized society. A place of prayer is sacred and those who are ultimately responsible for this atrocity must be brought to justice. My thoughts are with the families of the victims, and I stand with them, along with the people of Israel and New York City, as we mourn this tragic, unspeakable loss.  

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