RABBI ECKSTEIN DEEMS ATTACK ON TEXAS BAPTIST CHURCH “TERROR” AND CALLS FOR CHRISTIANS AND JEWS TO FORM AN IDEOLOGICAL FIREWALL AGAINST VIOLENT EXTREMISTS
JERUSALEM, Nov. 5 – Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein, founder and president of the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews (“The Fellowship”), who has been working for four decades to build bridges of understanding between Christians and Jews, called the deadly attack on a church near San Antonio today “terror” and called for renewed solidarity among Christians and Jews.
“Terror that violates a house of prayer is evil, unrivaled,” Eckstein said. “Christians and Jews must stand together as ever before, forming an ideological firewall against all violent extremists who aim to transport us to the darkest moments of our history where hatred knows no limit.”
Eckstein added that The Fellowship was “shocked and sickened by this evil act, and our hearts and prayers go out to the victims and their loved ones.”
Details are still emerging, but reports indicate a lone still-unidentified gunman killed more than 20 people and wounded multiple others at the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, during morning services. No stated motive is yet known and the gunman was reported to be dead. Federal and local law enforcement officials and first responders were on the scene.
For further details, contact: Chip Brown, IFCJ, Chicago: (312) 641-8522; [email protected]