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April 6, 2017 10:58 am

Major US Jewish Groups Urge International Response to Assad Regime Following Deadly Suspected Chemical Weapons Attack in Syria

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A number of major US Jewish groups have issued urgent calls for an international response following the suspected chemical weapons attack in Syria this week — believed to have been carried out by President Bashar Assad’s regime — in which dozens of civilians were killed.

“Once again, the world is sickened by images from Syria showing the gruesome effects of chemical weapons indiscriminately targeting, killing and maiming Syrian civilian children, women and men,” Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations Chairman Stephen M. Greenberg and Executive Vice Chairman and CEO Malcolm Hoenlein said in a statement. “The strongest measures possible must be taken to guarantee all chemical weapons are finally removed from Syria to prevent the possibility of their use in another murderous attack.”

“As Jews, we must not look away, we cannot be silent in the face of such inhumanity,” the statement continued. “It is a moral imperative for all who value human life and decency to demand immediate action to end the atrocities being perpetrated in Syria.”

B’nai B’rith International President Gary P. Saltzman and CEO Daniel S. Mariaschin said their organization was “outraged” over the incident.

We hold the Syrian regime accountable for this horrendous attack against its own people,” they said. “The world’s eyes are on the [UN Security] Council today, expecting it, not only to express moral outrage, but to take action to end the Syrian regime’s use of these horrendous weapons.”

Rabbis Marvin Hier and Abraham Cooper — the dean and associate dean of the Simon Wiesenthal Center — exhorted US President Donald Trump to “lead an international effort to put the Syrian dictator on trial for crimes against humanity.”

“How many more innocent children have to be gassed and shot before this butcher is brought before the bar of justice?” they asked.

On Tuesday, as reported by The Algemeiner, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said, “When I saw pictures of babies suffocating from a chemical attack in Syria, I was shocked and outraged. There’s no, none, no excuse whatsoever for the deliberate attacks on civilians and on children, especially with cruel and outlawed chemical weapons. I call on the international community to fulfill its obligation from 2013 to fully and finally remove these horrible weapons from Syria.”

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  • jonesy

    America fighting another Jewish war.

  • Joseph Feld

    Bashar Assad and Saddam Husein were the last two leaders of the Ba’ath Party, the pro-Hitler Muslim party that began in the 1930’s. The Germans wanted Islamic oil for their war effort and the Arabs led by the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem begged the Nazis for support in murdering all Jews in Arab lands.

    The Nazis considered the Arabs and Jews to be inferior Asiatic races and couldn’t believe their good luck when the Arabs fervently supported the Nazis in spite of this.

  • Joseph Feld

    About 400,000 people have died in the five years of the Syrian civil war. What has the UN and the Arab League done to bring about peace? The UN is obsessed with Israel, declaring acts of self-defense to be possible war crimes. Assad is a qualified UK eye doctor, but seems unconcerned about the death of so many innocent civilian human lives.

  • Reb_Yaakov

    The relationship between respect for life and the motivation to pursue medicine and especially surgery as a career is one that deserves further study.

  • shloime

    this is all too reminiscent of saddam hussein’s weapons of mass destruction. in order to “send in the marines”, the intelligence has to be solid, or else they’ll just run around in circles dodging ieds.