Updated Statement on the Iranian Missile & Drone Attacks on Israel

April 15, 2024

Following the unprecedented attack by Iran and its proxies, the Simon Wiesenthal Center reiterates that:

  • The people of Israel and Jews around the world are grateful for the help of the US, UK, and other allies that intercepted, or supported the interception, of 300 missiles and drones fired that helped save thousands of lives in Israel, including Jews and Arabs.
  • In the wake of yesterday’s unjustified attack, the SWC hopes that the support package for Israel, currently being considered by the US Congress, will pass this week.
  • The Administration ensure that Iran faces meaningful and material consequences for its missile attacks - this behavior must not be normalized. Interception is not deterrence.
  • The US and its Western Allies should publicly affirm the Jewish state’s right to self-defense. Like every other sovereign nation, Israel has the right to defend her people.

The Simon Wiesenthal Center will continue to fight for the defense of Israel and her citizens during these dark and dangerous times.

For further information, please email Michele Alkin, Director of Global Communications at malkin@wiesenthal.com or Erik Simon at esimon@wiesenthal.com, join the Center on Facebook, or follow @simonwiesenthal for news updates sent directly to your Twitter feed. 

The Simon Wiesenthal Center is an international Jewish human rights organization. It holds consultative status at the United Nations, UNESCO, the OSCE, the Council of Europe, the OAS, and the Latin American Parliament (PARLATINO).   

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