9/11 Families Statement on Terrorist Attacks in Israel
Washington, D.C. – 9/11 Families United today released the following statement on the recent terrorist attacks in Israel:
“The 9/11 family community’s heart goes out to the victims of terrorism in Israel, and we unequivocally condemn Hamas’ brutal assault on innocents. We know the families’ pain and anger, and we feel – and share – their visceral demand for justice. They have our deepest sympathies.
“We also are disgusted by the pathetic ‘blame Israel’ response from our so-called friends in the Middle East, who are showing that their long-standing support for violent jihadists has not waned. As recently as April, Saudi Arabia welcomed Hamas leaders to Riyadh, and it is well known that Hamas itself is the product of a culture of hatred and vile antisemitism that has received direct support from King Salman himself. It is therefore no surprise that his Kingdom has blamed Israel for Hamas’ murderous acts. It is absurd for the U.S. to consider extending security guarantees to the Saudi Kingdom given that it has never been held accountable for its role in fomenting this extremist violence, including the 9/11 Attacks.
“It is critical that those who support, fund, and enable terrorism be held accountable and that victims of terror have the support of their elected leaders to secure justice in every way possible.”