SIMON WIESENTHAL CENTER STANDS IN SOLIDARITY WITH ISRAEL


SIMON WIESENTHAL CENTER STANDS IN SOLIDARITY WITH ISRAEL

January 3, 2009

The Simon Wiesenthal Center expresses its solidarity with Israel's decision to go into Gaza as an act of self-defense to free its southern communities from the seven months of daily onslaught of rockets by Hamas terrorists from Gaza.

"We know that the U.N. Security Council is meeting in an emergency session in New York and that there are worldwide demonstrations condemning Israel," said Rabbi Marvin Hier, dean and founder of the Simon Wiesenthal Center and Rabbi Abraham Cooper, the Center’s associate dean.

"Some demonstrators have even accused Israel of Nazi tactics. But why the double standard? Where were the emergency sessions of the Security Council when for seven months Hamas missiles targeted 500,000 Israelis? Why was there no U.N. late night sessions then? And why didn’t those same demonstrators who now condemn Israel take to the streets when Israeli civilians faced daily rocket attacks for those seven months?"

"The 400,000 members of the Simon Wiesenthal Center join the millions of people all over the world who stand in solidarity with Israel’s just cause. Every nation facing similar circumstances would do exactly as Israel has done," they concluded.

The Simon Wiesenthal Center is one of the largest international Jewish human rights organizations with over 400,000 member families. It is an NGO at international agencies including the United Nations, UNESCO, the OSCE, and the Council of Europe.