UN Security Council condemns Tel Aviv terror attack
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UN Security Council condemns Tel Aviv terror attack

In first denunciation since terror wave broke out last October, international body, at prodding of Israel’s envoy, slams shooting ‘in the strongest terms’

The scene of the Sarona complex terror attack in Tel Aviv on June 8, 2016 (Judah Ari Gross/Times of Israel)
The scene of the Sarona complex terror attack in Tel Aviv on June 8, 2016 (Judah Ari Gross/Times of Israel)

The United Nations Security Council on Thursday condemned the fatal terror attack in central Tel Aviv on Wednesday, in the first denunciation of Palestinian violence since the wave of terror attacks began last October.

Four Israelis were killed in the shooting attack at the popular Sarona complex in Tel Aviv on Wednesday night, and 16 people were injured, four of them seriously. The terrorists were identified by police as two Palestinian relatives from the West Bank.

The UN Security Council decried “in the strongest terms the terrorist attack in Tel Aviv, Israel,” and the members of the Council “expressed their deepest sympathy and condolences to the families of the victims and to the Government of Israel,” according to a statement from the office of Israel’s envoy to the UN.

The Security Council also “underlined the need to bring perpetrators, organizers, financiers and sponsors of these reprehensible acts of terrorism to justice,” the statement said.

Israeli ambassador Danny Danon had written a letter to the UN Security Council asking them to condemn the carnage.

Israel’s Ambassador to the United Nations Danny Danon speaking before an emergency session of the Security Council, March 3, 2016. (Courtesy)
Israel’s Ambassador to the United Nations Danny Danon speaking before an emergency session of the Security Council, March 3, 2016. (Courtesy)

“The images of carnage resulting from Palestinian terror reached the members of the Security Council. This condemnation is an important, and moral, statement,” said Danon. “We call on all the countries of the world to help end these attacks by strongly opposing the Palestinian incitement that directly leads to violent terrorism.”

The international community hastened on Wednesday to condemn the attack.

Washington denounced the “horrific” attack “in the strongest possible terms,” Deputy Spokesperson Mark Toner said in a statement on Wednesday. “We extend our deepest condolences to the families of those killed and our hopes for a quick recovery for those wounded.”

“These cowardly attacks against innocent civilians can never be justified. We are in touch with Israeli authorities to express our support and concern,” Toner said.

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton denounced the “heinous” attack in a statement and sent “my deepest condolences to the families of those killed and I will continue to pray for the wounded.”

“I stand in solidarity with the Israeli people in the face of these ongoing threats, and in unwavering support of the country’s right to defend itself. Israel’s security must remain non-negotiable,” the presumptive Democratic nominee said.

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump on Thursday slammed the “outrageous” attack.

The European Union said in a statement “Wednesday night’s terror attack in the Sarona complex in Tel Aviv exposed scores of innocent civilians and families to indiscriminate fire. Four people were killed and more seriously injured. Our thoughts are with the families of the dead and injured.”

“Those responsible for these murders must be brought to justice,” the EU continued. “Those who praise this attack must be condemned.”

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in a statement denouncing the shooting that “there is no justification for terrorism nor for the glorification of those who commit such heinous acts.”

Israeli security forces at the scene where a terrorist opened fire at the Sarona Market shopping center in Tel Aviv, on June 8, 2016. (Miriam Alster/Flash90)
Israeli security forces at the scene where a terrorist opened fire at the Sarona Market shopping center in Tel Aviv, on June 8, 2016. (Miriam Alster/Flash90)

“The Secretary-General is shocked that the leaders of Hamas have chosen to welcome this attack and some have chosen to celebrate it,” Ban’s office said in a statement. “He calls upon the Palestinian leadership to live up to their responsibility to stand firmly against violence and the incitement that fuels it.”

Nickolay Mladenov, the UN’s Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, said on Twitter he was “Shocked to see #Hamas welcomes #TelAviv terror attack. Leaders must stand against violence and the incitement that fuels it, not condone it.”

Earlier, Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh called the injured terrorist a “hero” and said he was praying for his soul. The Islamist terror group said the attack, believed to have been carried out by two Palestinians from a village near Hebron, was “a message from children of the resistance to leaders of the occupation, especially [Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman],” who took office last week.

French President Francois Hollande condemned “with the greatest strength the odious attack” and expressed France’s “support for Israel in the fight against terrorism.”

Canada’s Foreign Ministry said in a statement online that Ottawa was “shocked” by the terror attack.

The United Kingdom’s Ambassador to Israel David Quarrey also tweeted Britain’s condemnation of the attack on the Sarona Market.

“No possible justification for terrorism anywhere. Our thoughts w/ victims and families,” he said on the social media platform.

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