World Jewish Congress condemns Barcelona attack

August 18, 2017 Agencies
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World Jewish Congress President Ronald S. Lauder has condemned the attack in Barcelona which claimed the lives of a reported 13 people on Thursday, after a van drove into pedestrians in the crowded Las Ramblas district.

The circumstances of the events are still unfolding, and the Spanish authorities are investigating the incident as a terrorist attack.

“The World Jewish Congress harshly condemns this heinous act of violence and carnage, and is carefully monitoring this situation with concern. Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims of this attack and their families, and with all the people of Barcelona.

“We are monitoring the events as they unfold with care and concern, and are in touch with the local Jewish community and its security groups. We pray that there will be no more victims.”

Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said yesterday: “Israel strongly condemns the terrorist attack in Barcelona. On behalf of the citizens of Israel, I send condolences to the families of those who were killed and wishes for a quick recovery to the injured.

This evening we again saw that terror strikes everywhere; the civilized world must fight it together in order to defeat it.”

Israel’s President Reuven Rivlin has sent a letter of condolence to His Majesty King Felipe VI of Spain, following the terror attack in Barcelona yesterday.
President Rivlin wrote, “We have heard with horror and shock of the vicious terrorist attack in Barcelona that has taken the lives of so many innocent people and injured so many more.  Our hearts and thoughts are with the people of Spain at this difficult time. Sadly, we, in Israel, are no strangers to the horror and grief that follows such murderous attacks and can truly understand the pain you all feel now.
“Terrorism is terrorism is terrorism, whether it takes place in Barcelona, Paris, Istanbul or Jerusalem. These horrific events once again prove that we must all stand united in the fight against those who seek to use violence to stifle individual liberty and freedom of thought and belief, and continue to destroy the lives of so many.
“The people of Israel share with me in mourning the sad loss of life and suffering.
“Please convey our sincere condolences to the bereaved families and to the people of Spain and our wishes for a speedy recovery to all the injured.”

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