The statement is now closed to additional signatories. Our thanks to the over one thousand rabbis who signed on. If you have any questions or comments, please contact Ariella Sidelsky at the New Israel Fund, firstname.lastname@example.org.
כי ביתי בית תפילה יקרא לכל העמים
My house shall be called a house of prayer for all peoples
As religious leaders and representatives of Jewish houses of worship around the world, we wish to express our deep sadness and outrage at the desecration of a mosque in the Bedouin village of Tuba-Zangariya in the north of Israel. We condemn this act as an affront to G-d and to the values of our Torah.
We extend a hand in friendship and solidarity to the leaders and residents of the town, a prayer for their safety and peace in the days to come, and a hope that those who perpetrated this despicable act will be brought to justice. We condemn those in Israel who exacerbate conflict and strife, and who insist that only one people or religion belongs to this land.
We thank the Israeli leadership – Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, President Shimon Peres, the Chief Rabbis of Israel and others – who have spoken out forcefully against this incident. They have demonstrated the Jewish values woven into the very fabric of the State of Israel, whose Declaration of Independence guarantees that Israel will “safeguard the sanctity and inviolability of the shrines and Holy Places of all religions”. We are grateful for the actions of the many organizations and individuals in Israel who have already raised their voices on behalf of Israel’s highest and truest values. We urge them to continue to take a public stand for the values of pluralism and mutual respect, and against violence, exclusion and racism.
In this season of reflection and celebration, we pray that such acts like the attack on this mosque will not succeed in driving Israelis apart. Indeed, we pray that they will become the occasion of acts of fellowship and solidarity among Israelis from every walk of life.
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