*INCLUDES UPDATE* Wiesenthal Center Condemns Jerusalem Attack against Civilians

March 25, 2011

The Simon Wiesenthal acknowledges and welcomes the quick response of one of America’s most important mainline Protestant denominations in condemning the terrorist bombing in Jerusalem.

The Reverend Gradye Parsons, Stated Clerk of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), promptly issued a statement on behalf of the church. It stated, in part:

“We have received word today of the detonation of a bomb near a bus stop in the city of Jerusalem. At least one death and numerous serious injuries are being reported.

We condemn this act of violence and the hatred out of which such acts spring.
On behalf of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), we call all people of good will to pray for those who have been victimized by this deadly act, and we renew our petitions to God to help us find a way to facilitate a future of peace in the region.”

Rev Parsons also called for “ swift action to identify and punish the perpetrators of this heinous act.”

March 23, 2011

The Simon Wiesenthal Center condemns today’s horrific attack against the innocent civilians in the hearts of Jerusalem and marks the dramatic increase in rocket attacks on Southern Israel with over 50 in the last few days alone.

“From the barbaric murder of the Fogel family on a Sabbath Eve, to scores of rocket attacks including grad missiles launched against Civilian centers, including Beersheba, to today’s bus stop bomb in Jerusalem, Israel is once again confronted with Palestinian terrorism targeting innocents,” said Rabbi Marvin Hier, founder and dean of the Wiesenthal Center and Rabbi Abraham Cooper, the Center’s associate dean.

“All this as academic supporters of the Palestinians convene deceitful Israel/Apartheid campaigns and South American nations line up to support a Palestinian state. The failure of the United Nations to launch a single resolution condemning Hamas and other groups who openly target Jews and the cynical silence of world leaders in wake of such terror attacks guarantee further terrorist outrages and diminish hopes for a real peace.

The Simon Wiesenthal Center support Israel’s moral and legal right and obligation to deal with such threats against its citizens,” the Wiesenthal Center officials concluded.

Rabbi Cooper has just returned from Jerusalem and is available for further comment. He can be reached directly at +310-210-9750.

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