Awful coincidence: two weeks after professors from Israel’s Sapir College were at Rutgers talking about the security situation in the Western Negev, a 47-year-old student at the college and father of four was killed in a Kassam barrage.
Rabbi Eric Yoffie, president of the Union for Reform Judaism, issued the following statement:
We call on the international community to condemn the rocket attacks on Sderot, for which Hamas has claimed credit, and join in worldwide pressure on Gaza’s leaders to end this campaign of violence.
In the United States, we look forward to the upcoming House vote on H.Res. 951 contributing the United States’s voice to those nations that repudiate the bloodshed aimed at the civilian population of Sderot. The Reform Movement strongly supports this legislation, and will be mobilizing its activists in advance of next week’s expected vote.
A collective, international outcry of condemnation and firm, clear demands to Hamas for an immediate cessation of these attacks will make it clear that the world will no longer accept the humanitarian tragedy the people of Sderot have been forced to endure for far too long.