Security Council strongly condemns ‘despicable terrorist attack’ in Jerusalem synagogue

19 November 2014

The United Nations Security Council has strongly condemned yesterday’s “despicable terrorist attack” in a synagogue in Jerusalem, resulting in the murder of four innocent civilians worshipping there and a police officer, as well as the injury of many more.

In a statement to the press, the members of the Council strongly condemned all such acts of violence, and expressed concern about increased tensions, “which have affected both the Israeli and Palestinian people, and urged all sides to take immediate steps to restore calm.”

In addition, the Council emphasized the importance of all statements condemning the attack and condemning all acts of violence, and encouraged Israeli and Palestinian leaders and citizens to work together to lower tension, reject violence, avoid all provocations and seek a path toward peace.

Council members expressed their condolences to the families of all those who have died and sympathy to those injured and to the Israeli people.

Reaffirming that terrorism in all its forms and manifestations is criminal and unjustifiable, “regardless of its motivation,” the Council reminded States that they must ensure that measures taken to combat terrorism comply with all their obligations under international law.

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