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Statement from Rabbi Laura Janner-Klausner on the attacks in Paris

Reform Judaism condemns the shocking attacks in Paris. Our thoughts and prayers are with all the innocent victims. When I visited Paris in the aftermath of the Charlie Hebdo and Hypercacher shootings earlier this year, the recurrence of terrorist attacks on an even larger scale would have been unthinkable. Tragically that prospect has now become reality.

This is a battle of ideas: between those who believe in those universal values of liberty, equality and fraternity, and those who do not. These attacks must not result in increased discrimination against our Muslim brothers and sisters and already vulnerable refugees, Muslim or otherwise, who have come to Europe in search of safer shores. As British Jews, we above all stand in solidarity with the people of France at this time, and send prayers of healing and consolation.

May the One who brings peace in the highest, bring peace to us and to all Israel and to the whole world.

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