Browsing Posts published on December 16, 2012

Sandy Hook Elementary school in Newtown had just started a program for “Spirit Days” to take place on the first Friday of every month, calling on everyone to wear the school’s colors, green and white. On this past Friday morning in Newtown, this quiet Connecticut town was home to one of the worst mass shootings in history, in which 26 people were killed, most of them children just 6 or 7 years old.

The small-town community was devastated, their town will be forever synonymous with one of the most heinous crimes in American history. The holiday season, which should bring people together in joy, has instead brought them together in grief and sadness.

While this crime, the murder of young children, is one of the hardest things for anyone to comprehend, the pain it has caused is easy to understand and feel for yourself. The prayers and vigils that started in Connecticut have spread not just around the United States, but around the world. Everyone in Israel, has been deeply upset and shocked by Friday’s shooting. Israel’s leaders reached out to President Barack Obama and the American public to express their sympathies and condolences.

The youngest victim was Noah Pozner, one of the 20 first graders killed on Friday. “As we light candles for the seventh night of Hanukkah and for Shabbat, our hearts are heavy with the tragic news,” Shelly Katz, the executive director of the Jewish Federation of Western Connecticut, headquartered in neighboring Southbury, wrote in a letter to the local community Friday.

Israel’s Consul General of the State of Israel in New York, Ambassador Ido Aharoni, traveled to Newtown over the weekend to meet with its students, teachers, and community leaders. While visiting the town’s synagogue, Congregation Adath Israel, Ambassador Aharoni read aloud the letters sent from President Shimon Peres and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and spoke with some of the students of the school.

 

 

All of Israel was stunned and saddened to learn of Friday’s shooting at an elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut which left 26 killed, including 20 children. Israel’s leaders reached out over the weekend to President Barack Obama to express their sympathies and support.

 

Letter from President Shimon Peres to US President Barack Obama

Dear President Obama,

On behalf of the people of Israel, as friends and as parents, we stand with you today in contemplation and grief over the atrocious, incomprehensible massacre of 20 children and six adults - educators - at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

No experience with death can be likened to that of a parents’ loss of their child. No crime is more heinous than the killing of a child.

Our hearts are with the bereaved families of the victims, the mourning community in Newtown, Connecticut and the people of the United States of America. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Shimon Peres
President of the State of Israel
Letter from Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to US President Barack Obama

Dear President Obama,

I was shocked and horrified by today’s savage massacre of innocent children and adults at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut.

We in Israel have experienced such cruel acts of slaughter and we know the shock and agony they bring.

I want to express my profound grief, and that of all the people in Israel, to the families that lost their loved ones.

May you and the American people find the strength to overcome this unspeakable tragedy.

With my deepest condolences,

Benjamin Netanyahu,
Prime Minister of Israel