For Immediate Release: May 7, 2014
Contact: Jared Feldman, Jewish Council for Public Affairs
JCPA Condemns Slaughter of Students at Christian University
Gutow: "It is too much to bear."
As Jews prepared for their Seders and Christians observed Good Friday, news came that the militant Islamist group al-Shabab murdered 147 Christians at a university in Kenya. Another 79 were wounded. According to news reports, the Somalia-based terror group singled out Christian students at Garissa University. According to one student, “if you were Christian, you were shot on the spot.” The Jewish Council for Public Affairs has been in communication with Christian leaders to express our condolences to the families of the victims, and our outrage at the massacre.
JCPA President and CEO Rabbi Steve Gutow said “the world cannot sit by while innocent lives are extinguished in modern day killing fields. This must stop. It is too much to bear.”
JCPA Chair Susan Turnbull added “the story of Passover is one of liberation - and our prayer today is that those who live in fear of terror and violence may soon know freedom and peace. Very soon.”
JCPA, the public affairs arm of the organized Jewish community, serves as the national coordinating and advisory body for the 17 national and 125 local agencies comprising the field of Jewish community relations.
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