Rome's Jewish community held special prayers on Wednesday in memory of the victims of the terrorist attack that targeted a Jerusalem synagogue a day before.
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Jewish community leader Riccardo Pacifici and Rome Chief Rabbi Riccardo Di Segni called on the members of their community to pray together to commemorate the victims.
“We can’t be indifferent to the campaign of hatred which is causing terror attacks in Israel everyday. The latest events are damaging a peaceful coexistence of Israelis and Arabs,” Pacifici said. “The Jerusalem attack is only the last act of a new form of Jihad which aims at killing Jews because of their identity. We are horrified by the brutality with which the murderers entered the synagogue while the victims were peacefully praying.”
Israeli Ambassador to Rome Naor Gilon and Israeli Minister for Regional Development, Minister for the Development of the Negev and Galilee and Minister of Energy and Water Silvan Shalom joined the prayer service at Rome’s Jewish school synagogue.
Meanwhile, Rabbi Izchak Hazan hosted a prayer in Rome’s main airport Fiumicino.