World Jewish Congress Outraged by Attack on American Diplomats in Libya

Sep 12, 2012, 17:15 ET from World Jewish Congress

NEW YORK, Sept. 12, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The World Jewish Congress today expressed its horror and outrage by the attack on the United States Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, that resulted in the death of Ambassador Chris Stevens and three American diplomats.

"We are horrified by this terrible attack and extend our deepest condolences to the families of Ambassador Chris Stevens and the three American diplomats killed in this senseless act of violence," said Ronald S. Lauder, President, World Jewish Congress. "We call for leaders of all nations and of all faiths to condemn and reject this tragedy which cannot be justified for religious or any other reasons. It is all the more tragic because it took the innocent lives of those who were clearly intent on bringing aid and hope to a country seeking to rebuild after ending a long period of tyranny and dictatorship. Ambassador Chris Stevens, sworn into office only a few months ago, came to Libya, together with his colleagues, to help build friendships and improve the quality of life for the Libyan people. We mourn their loss. To honor their work, it is essential that we work together to promote religious tolerance and peaceful coexistence, and to reject violence. We urge the governments of Libya, Egypt, and all other countries to do everything to safeguard American embassies and consulates and protect Americans working abroad as they help nations strive for new stability and a better life."

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