OTTAWA, March 12 /CNW/ - The Canada-Israel Committee on behalf of the
CIJA agencies strongly condemned the gruesome murder of five members of
an Israeli family in their home in Itamar on the Sabbath evening of
March 11. A knife-wielding Palestinian terrorist is suspected of
committing this brutal crime - stabbing to death the mother, father and
three children aged 10, 4 and 3 months.
CIC Chair Moshe Ronen remarked: "This is an unspeakably heinous act, a
slaughter, that the international community and the Palestinian
Authority must strongly and unequivocally condemn. More importantly,
the Palestinian Authority and its president must immediately order an
end to the anti-Israeli and anti-Jewish incitement that has long become
part of daily life in their official media, schools and mosques. Any
tolerance of this incitement creates a toxic atmosphere in which the
brutal slaying of a young Israeli family may seem the logical course of
action for some."
Steven Cummings, National Chair of CIJA, expressed his deep shock and
sorrow on behalf of the Canadian Jewish community: "Our hearts go out
to the remaining children now left orphans, to the community where they
live, and to Israel which mourns this terrible tragedy."
Mr. Cummings added: "Tonight there are reports that the Al-Aqsa Martyrs'
Brigade, which is part of Fatah, has proudly claimed responsibility. If
this proves to be the case, it will not be sufficient for PA president
Mahmoud Abbas to merely denounce the attack. He needs, without delay,
to disarm and disband a terrorist group operating within his own
SOURCE Canada-Israel Committee
For further information:
Shimon Fogel, CEO