"These new terrible terror attacks against the Israeli population must stop immediately"
Statement by the president of the Central Council of Jews in Germany, Josef Schuster, on the currant terror attacks in Israel
"Yesterday again Israel was hit by massive terror attacks. Terrorists opened fire deliberately in a bus in Jerusalem which caused 15 casualties, while another assailant drove his car directly into a crowd of people. Until now three persons have died and many of the injured are in a critical condition.
For over two weeks by now there have been daily attacks on Israeli citizens which have left many people badly injured. Some of the injured people have sadly succumbed to their wounds.
Regrettably there is little media coverage of this new wave of terror that strikes Israel and in most cases, Israel is accused to be the “aggressor”. This is a distortion of facts which we will not silently accept anymore.
Terror organizations such as Hamas and Hezbollah, but as well the biggest state sponsor of terrorism, Iran, is continuously promoting and glorifying terrorist acts. Especially young people are being influenced by the radical ideology. Yesterday’s Jerusalem stabber was only 13 years old. Furthermore, the speeches of President Abbas incite hatred and violence against Israel.
The State of Israel, the only democracy in the Middle East and the outpost of our Western community of values, must be allowed to protect its citizens and to defend itself against terrorism. These new terrible terror attacks against the Israeli population must stop immediately. The international community should not only support Israel in its fight against terrorism but has to call as well on the Palestinian leadership to put an end to the violence.
As for Germany, we wish for a just media coverage and ask all the politicians to condemn these terror attacks. We call for solidarity with the state of Israel and are standing firmly side by side with its people."