The Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America expressed outrage at the vicious terrorist attack on the American military installation in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia. Dr. Mandell I. Ganchrow, President of the Orthodox Union, said, “American soldiers on a peace-keeping mission cannot allowed to become targets of terrorism. These vicious attacks are part of a series of terrorist activities used by extreme fanatics to intimidate peace loving citizens of the world as a means of obtaining their political objectives.” Dr. Ganchrow, who himself is a former combat soldier decorated for service in Vietnam, expressed his words of condemnation of the attack and of solidarity with the American soldiers in a letter sent to President Clinton.
“If the Arab world wishes to be seen a as serious partner in the peace process, it must distance itself from terrorism and terrorists. The fact that Libyan leader Muamar Quadafi participated in the Arab Summit in Cairo is an affront not only to the peace process but to its chief sponsor, the United States of America. When terrorist states are not isolated, acceptance of their insidious behavior is communicated and terrorism is encouraged, leading to the loss of innocent lives.
We in the Orthodox Union are especially horrified since our own beloved late treasurer, Joseph K. Miller, was lost in the tragedy of the Pan Am 103 attack. The perpetrators of that horrendous crime are still at large and Libya is responsible, protecting the perpetrators of this horrific tragedy. The United States and other world governments must act swiftly to send a clear message that those who perpetrate and support terrorism have no place in the family of civilized nations.”
“We express our condolences to the families of those killed and injured in this tragic event”, Dr. Ganchrow concluded.
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