The ADC has expressed its grief and shock at a terrorist attack near Efrat, in the Gush Etzion, area that claimed the life of 19-year old Dvir Yehuda Sorek. A yeshiva student enrolled in a program combining Torah study with military service, the young man left his seminary to buy a gift for his teacher and was found stabbed to death, along a road leading to Migdal Oz.
Dr Dvir Abramovich, Chairman of the Anti-Defamation Commission, issued the following statement:
“Today, with shattered hearts we cry for Dvir Sorek. It is with a sense of profound sadness and shock that we grieve for this young man, and our thoughts are with the family whose anguish is impossible to fathom and whose lives have been scarred forever.
The heinous violence directed against Israelis as they go about their daily lives is not ending, and we condemn this depraved act of terrorism in which once again, innocent Israeli blood has been spilled. This latest act of monstrosity, already hailed and celebrated by Palestinian terrorist factions, is directly related to the disturbing fiery rhetoric of incitement and escalating demonization of Israel promoted by the Palestinian media and society.
It is important to realise that this year the Palestinian Authority has increased the ‘pay-to-slay’ salaries given to those who murder or wound Israelis, providing lifetime pensions to the perpetrators or to their surviving relatives.
We call on the international community to swiftly condemn and demand a stop to this evil practice. We also urge all nations, and the Australian government, to immediately demand that President Abbas and the leadership of the Palestinian Authority cease fanning the flames of hate.”