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Amid New Terror Wave in Israel, Top US Jewish Group Calls for Global Condemnation of Palestinian Violence

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Israeli soldiers and medics are seen at the scene of a terrorist attack at the Givat Asaf junction in the West Bank, Dec. 13, 2018. Photo: Reuters / Ammar Awad.

As Israel faces a new wave of terrorism, a top US Jewish group is calling on the world to denounce Palestinian violence.

Over the past week, three Israelis — including a three-day-old infant — have died and more than a dozen have been wounded as a result of a spate of Palestinian attacks in the West Bank and Jerusalem.

Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations (CoP) Chairman Arthur Stark and Executive Vice Chairman and CEO Malcolm Hoenlein said in a statement on Friday, “We await the international community’s forceful condemnation of these terrorist outrages against innocent citizens, but we know from past history that it will be, at best, slow in coming, except from the United States.”

“Just last week,” they added, “the members of the United Nations were unable to summon the necessary conviction, decency, and moral clarity to condemn Hamas, an organization which has claimed responsibility for a number of these attacks, which has actively sought the destruction of a sovereign country, and planned and undertaken thousands of terrorist acts targeting civilians over the last 30 years.”

“We support the Israeli government’s decision to take all necessary and proper steps to safeguard the lives of its citizens and to keep them from harm. We hope that these senseless and horrific acts of violence will quickly cease and true peace can be pursued,” Stark and Hoenlein concluded.

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