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In Jaffa, a mixed Arab and Jewish city, a Palestinian man stabbed to death 29-year-old American Vanderbilt University student Taylor Force and injured 11 others.
B'nai B'rith International deplored that ‘’unfortunately the European Union's response has been disturbingly timid’’ in its reaction to the latest events.
A statement by the spokesperson for the European External Action Service (EEAS) reads : ‘’Yesterday and today terror attacks took place in Tel Aviv, Petah Tikvah and Jerusalem. The EU extends its condolences to the family of the victim and wishes a speedy recovery to those injured.
Once again, hatred and violence have taken innocent lives. Once again, we call on all parties to work together and do their utmost to immediately calm down the situation and prevent further escalation.’’
For B’nai B’rith International, the EEAS fails to condemn the Palestinian terror and even omits any mention of Israel's name.’’It rather calls "on all parties to work together and do their utmost to immediately calm down the situation," as though Palestinian attacks on Israelis are not calculated and can be halted by a handshake and a kind word.’’
In a letter to EU’s foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini, Gary P.Saltzman, International President and Daniel Mariaschin, Executive Vice President of B’nai B’rith International stress that these murderous episodes ‘’are calculated to terrorize Israel's population and undermine the peace process,’’ noting thatPalestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas has made this strategy clear by referring to the violence as a "justified popular uprising."
‘’The democratic world must not tolerate or turn a blind eye to this terrorist assault on the Middle East's only democracy, Israel.Failure to condemn terrorism only invites more violence and harms the cause of peace,’’ reads the letter.
The group urged Mogherini ‘’to unequivocally condemn these unconscionable terrorist attacks on Israelis. Make clear to Palestinians that they cannot achieve peace until they abandon their systematic campaign of terror against the Israeli population.’’