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16 Rabbinical Groups Urge Immediate UN Action on Behalf of Prisoners

Sixteen rabbinical groups from all parts of the United States have urged the UN to take immediate action to secure the prompt release of two Israelis held captive in Syria. Representatives of the groups, meeting at the headquarters of the New York Board of Rabbis, termed the hijacking and detention “a scandal which cries aloud for condemnation and correction by the entire civilized world.”

A resolution unanimously adopted warned that “failure by competent international authority to demand and to obtain their speedy and unconditional release is a threat to all international travel and commerce and to the cultivation of peaceful and fraternal relations between nations.”

Signatories were the representatives of the Board of Rabbis of Northern California and the Board of Rabbis of Southern California; Rabbinical Council of Denver; Board of Rabbis of Washington, D.C.: Rabbinical Association of Greater Miami; Chicago Board of Rabbis; Massachusetts Board of Rabbis; Rabbinical Commission of Detroit; Minnesota Rabbinical Association; St. Louis Rabbinical Association; New York Board of Rabbis; Cincinnati Board of Rabbis; Greater Cleveland Board of Rabbis; Board of Rabbis of Greater Philadelphia and the Rabbinic Fellowship of Pittsburgh.

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