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Monday, March 12, 2012

JCPA and JCRC/ Jewish Federation Stand in Solidarity with Israel Against Terrorist Attacks

JCPA, the public affairs arm of the organized Jewish community, serves as the national coordinating and advisory body for the 14 national and 125 local agencies comprising the field of Jewish community relations.  In Iowa, the Jewish Community Relations Commission of the Jewish Federation of Greater Des Moines is affiliated with JCPA.   Send comments, questions locally to


For Immediate Release:  March 12, 2012

Contact: Benjamin Suarato, Communications Associate                                       ; 202-212-6031; 518-810-7225(c)

JCPA Stands In Solidarity With Israel in Defending Itself Against Terrorist Attacks from Gaza
Expresses Appreciation to U.S. for Iron Dome

The Jewish Council for Public Affairs (JCPA) expressed solidarity with Israel in defending itself against a barrage of rocket attacks from terrorist groups in Gaza.

“Rocket attacks on Israeli cities and communities in the southern part of the country are an outrage,” said JCPA Chair Dr. Conrad Giles. “No family anywhere should be forced to live with the fear that a rocket may hit its home. The rocket barrage in recent days, affecting the lives of close to a million Israelis, cannot be tolerated. We stand by Israel as it exercises the legitimate right of any state to defend its citizens, while our hope is that calm quickly can be restored.”

“The loss of innocent lives is deeply saddening,” said JCPA President Rabbi Steve Gutow. “We are thankful that the Iron Dome anti-missile defense system, designed and implemented with help from the U.S., has been able to prevent many rockets from reaching their targets inside Israel.  This violence is causing deep wounds to both sides. We pray that peace can be achieved soon so that both Israelis and Palestinians in Gaza can live without fear and loss.”

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