Security Council censured on yeshiva attack


The Anti-Defamation League said it is “shocking” the U.N. Security Council did not condemn last week’s yeshiva attack in Jerusalem.


While many world leaders have deplored the killings of eight students Thursday at the Mercaz Harav yeshiva as an unconscionable act of terror, the council could not reach a consensus on its own statement. Libya, a nonpermanent member, obstructed a unanimous vote.


ADL National Director Abraham Foxman called the shooting spree by a lone gunman a “heinous terrorist attack on Israeli teenagers.”

“Where are all the calls for U.N. resolutions condemning the murderous acts of terrorism against civilians?” Foxman asked. “Why should those who seek to thwart the cause of peace not be condemned?”


“While it is heartening that many nations expressed support and sympathy with Israel in the aftermath of this horrific attack, formal action by the Security Council would send a powerful message that the Palestinian cause is not served by wanton acts of violence and terrorism, and that such attacks against civilians run counter to the interests of peace.”

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