CONTACT: Daniel “Doni” Fogel, Director, JCRC
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
JCFR Condemns Attack at Jerusalem’s Pride Parade and at the Arson of Two Palestinian Homes
The Jewish Community Federation of Richmond’s (JCFR) Jewish Community Relations Committee (JCRC) condemns in the strongest terms the despicable use of violence both against marchers and spectators at the Jerusalem Pride Parade and the apparent arson of two Palestinian homes in the town of Duma. The stabbing of six people occurred on June 30, 2015. The arson, which claimed the life of an 18-month-old toddler and wounded three others, was perpetrated on June 31, 2015.
Many leading Israeli politicians and national leaders have rightly identified these as heinous, horrific acts.
The attack on the Pride Parade (as documented by numerous photographs) was perpetrated by an ultra-orthodox man who had recently been released having served time for a similar attack on a Pride Parade 10 years prior.
The attack on the Palestinian home is currently under investigation. However, in addition to torching the home, graffiti was spray painted which included a Jewish star and the word, “Revenge.” This lends strong credence to the suspicion that this deplorable act was carried out by ultra-nationalist, Jewish, Israeli extremists.
Regardless of who the perpetrator was, both acts tear at the moral fiber of the State of Israel.
We are proud to be ardent supporters of Israel. We are proud that as a Jewish people we returned to our ancestral homeland and that the modern State of Israel is a vibrant, democratic, Jewish State.
This horrendous type of behavior is wholly incongruent with our Jewish values. We wish a speedy, full recovery to the wounded, consolation to the grieving and peace to all the inhabitants of Israel.
Since 1935, the Jewish Community Federation of Richmond (JCFR) has been the central fundraising, community planning, leadership development and outreach arm of the organized Jewish Community.
The Jewish Community Relations Committee (JCRC) of the JCFR’s public affairs arm, representing Jewish community on issues that impact the rights and protection of Jews as individuals and as a community locally and abroad. Working through various subcommittees, the JCRC deals with issues including security, religious freedom, church-state relations, interracial and interreligious affairs, Israel affairs, Holocaust education, state and federal governmental affairs and more.