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Jewish Leaders Send Condolences to Berlin Christmas Market Victims

Berlin Rabbi Yehuda Teichtel at scene of Christmas market attack, December 19, 2016 (Photo: screenshot)

After yesterday's attack on a Berlin Christmas market, Jewish leaders from around the world have spoken out. The Jerusalem Post's Tamara Zieve reports on the rabbis who have sent condolences after the horrific truck attack that killed 12 and wounded 48:

“Europe once again finds itself in shock,” a top European rabbi said Tuesday, the morning after a deadly attack at a Christmas market in Berlin, which killed 12 people and wounded 48 others.

“This was a cowardly attack on people preparing for their religious holidays in a joyful environment,” said Chief Rabbi Goldschmidt, President of the Conference of European Rabbis.

German police said that investigators assume the driver of a truck that ploughed into a crowd at the market did so intentionally in a suspected terrorist attack.

Goldschmidt called on religious leaders around the world to speak up in the face of such attacks, which he remarked have become too frequent.

“We must take every opportunity to stress how it is our responsibility to combat extremism in any form. Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of the loved ones affected by this tragic event,” he added.

Rabbi of the Jewish community of Berlin, Yehuda Teichtel, said "our hearts are with the families of the victims."

At the time of the attack, the rabbi was at a community event, which he left to rush to the scene of the attack to offer his help.

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