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August 17, 2017 3:25 pm

Israeli Political Figures, Jewish Groups Across Globe Condemn Deadly Barcelona Terrorist Attack

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The Las Ramblas neighborhood of Barcelona. Photo: Jens Cederskjold via Wikimedia Commons.

Israeli political figures and US Jewish groups issued condemnations on Thursday of the deadly attack in Barcelona in which a terrorist plowed a vehicle into pedestrians along the Las Ramblas thoroughfare in the heart of the city, killing at least 13.

“I was updated this evening in the Foreign Ministry’s situation room on the terrorist attack in Barcelona,” Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said. “As of now, we do not know of any injured Israelis, and we hope there are none. We will continue to monitor events. I send my condolences to the families of the victims and wishes for a full and speedy recovery to the wounded.”

Israeli Ambassador to the UN Danny Danon stated, “Terror is terror, and Israel stands by the side of the people of Spain as we pledge to fight all those who seek to harm the free world.”

Diaspora Affairs Minister Naftali Bennett said, “At times like this, it is important to understand that Islamic terror is attacking the values of freedom and democracy, in Barcelona, London, Paris and Jerusalem. The West must stand strong in the face of terror and defeat it wherever needed.”

World Jewish Congress President Ronald S. Lauder said, “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,” he continued. “We pray that there will be no more victims.”

The American Jewish Committee tweeted, “We are following with deep concern reports from #Barcelona about a car ramming & multiple victims. Modus operandi sounds eerily familiar.”

Richard Verber — the senior vice president of the Board of Deputies of British Jews — said, “We utterly condemn this brutal attack by terrorists intent on murdering and maiming innocent pedestrians in Barcelona. People of all faiths and none must come together to defeat this evil.”


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