Montreal, QC – In response to the recent increase in Palestinian terrorism, David Cape, Chair of the Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs (CIJA), issued the following statement:
“We deplore and denounce the latest spike in Palestinian terrorism. These barbaric acts of violence, including the murder of a mother and a father in front of their four young children, outrage all people of goodwill and must be immediately and unambiguously condemned by the international community.
“It is especially disturbing that Fatah, President Mahmoud Abbas’s own party, has claimed responsibility for at least two of these murders. This is a moment of truth for Mahmoud Abbas. Either he will unequivocally condemn these attacks, call for a de-escalation, and return to bilateral peace talks with Israel; or he will continue to fan the flames of violence by inciting tensions on the Temple Mount and provocatively refusing to denounce these attacks. He can choose an act of peace or he can choose more violence and death to the detriment of Israelis and Palestinians alike.
“There should be no international funding for a Palestinian Authority (PA) led by a PLO that has effectively abandoned the Oslo peace process and reverted to its terrorist origins. We call on all western governments to state that their financial support for the PA depends on the fulfillment of the PA’s basic obligation to stop terrorism and embrace the path of peace.”
The Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs (CIJA) is the advocacy agent of the Jewish Federations of Canada-UIA.