WASHINGTON (JTA) — Rep. Eric Cantor (R-Va.), the Republican majority leader in the U.S. House of Representatives, and Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.), the chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee, made reflections on the murder of a Jewish teenager in Israel a centerpiece of the Congressional National Day of Prayer.
The two leaders, who are both Jewish, invited Tuly and Sheryl Wultz to address lawmakers and their staffs on May 1, the first Thursday in May designated as “the National Day of Prayer” by a 1952 law.
The parents of Daniel Cantor Wultz, one of 11 people murdered by a Palestinian suicide bomber in Tel Aviv in 2006, were invited to speak “about how prayers from people around the world touched and sustained Daniel and their family during the time following the terror attack that wounded Daniel and Tuly, and, ultimately led to Daniel’s death,” according to the invitation to the event.
Sheryl Wultz is Cantor’s cousin.
In remarks to the press after the session, which took place in the Capitol, the couple said the national day of prayer was an appropriate time to remember their son.
“This was a great way to honor Daniel who was committed to prayer himself,” Sheryl Wultz said. “He had his kippah and his tzitzit on when the bombing took place.”
The Wultzes are suing the Bank of China for funneling money to the terrorist groups behind the bombing.