Office of the Chief Rabbi

Chief Rabbi decries terror in Jerusalem

The Chief Rabbi responds to the brutal terror attack on a Jerusalem synagogue this morning that has left four worshippers dead. 

“I am horrified and disgusted at the slaughter of innocent people in a synagogue. This is an affront to all faiths. To be brutally murdered when engaging in the sacred act of prayer is a despicable crime. This is the very antithesis of what we as Jews pray and yearn for on a daily basis.

The victims, during morning prayers, would have been beseeching the Almighty to ‘make peace upon us all’. And it is with these words on their lips that they were killed.

This premeditated act of terror, deliberately targeting Jews in a synagogue, is an attack on Jewish people and the Jewish faith.

This reminds us that it could have been any one of us at prayers this morning, in Israel or elsewhere. We mourn the loss of four innocent lives. Our prayers are with them and their families at this difficult time. All of us with family, friends and loved ones in Israel will be particularly horrified by this act of brutality. We must continue to pray for peace and to do everything possible to hasten its arrival.”

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