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Dear Chaverot, Dear Friends,

Cursed is he who says ‘Revenge!’
Vengeance for the blood of a small child
Satan has not yet created.
(Haim Nachman Bialik)

As President of World WIZO and on behalf of every WIZO chavera in Israel and all over the world, I want to express my shock, repugnance and shame, and to condemn the horrendous murder of teenager Mohammed Abu Khdeir by Jewish adults and youth.
WIZO rejects and is opposed to any and all violence against anyone in Israel’s society, irrelevant of their gender, religion or ethnic identity.
WIZO rejects and is opposed to vigilantism and to any person who takes the law into his or her own hands. Israel is a law abiding country and no one is above the law.
This is an inexcusable and appalling act of terror and the perpetrators should be punished to the full extent of the law. They have no place in decent society. This heinous crime is not the Jewish way;
It is not the WIZO way – it has no atonement.
WIZO will continue to instill Jewish values in its children and youth for the sake of a healthy, law abiding society.

Yours sincerely,
Tova Ben-Dov
President World WIZO

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