United against terror: Diplomats express solidarity with Jerusalem attack victims

"...we have to fight all together, and we will win all together. Because the barbarians will not prevail," remarked the Italian Ambassador to Israel, Francesco Maria Talò.

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January 12, 2017 15:40
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The Israel Project's United Against Terror truck. (photo credit: COURTESY/THE ISRAEL PROJECT)

 
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Senior ambassadors and diplomatic representatives stationed in Israel expressed their solidarity with the Jewish state following Sunday’s truck ramming terrorist attack in Jerusalem during a series of events held in Jerusalem and across Tel Aviv.

Hosted by The Israel Project (TIP), under the slogan “United Against Terror,” the diplomats came together to send a message of solidarity that all countries face similar threats of terrorism.

The diplomats, among them the UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process and the European Union Ambassador to Israel, laid wreaths and wrote their condolences on a special truck, draped with photos of scenes from similar attacks in Nice, Berlin and Jerusalem.

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The truck made its way between embassies in Tel Aviv where TIP’s team was met by senior diplomats from the United States, the European Union, the United Kingdom, France, Austria, Belgium, the Netherlands, Italy, Spain and India, each of whom paid their respects to victims of terror from their own countries and from Israel.



United Against Terror TIP LIVESTREAM: Join us as we stand together united against terror. Indian Second Secretary Pay his respect for the victims. #UnitedAgainstTerror

Posted by The Israel Project on Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Some key comments from speeches made by participants:

“We are here in solidarity with the victims and the families of this terrible terror incident that took place a couple days ago in Jerusalem and took the lives of four young people in a totally meaningless way,” EU Ambassador Lars Faarborg-Andersen said on Wednesday. “I think, as your truck also demonstrates, that terrorism strikes everywhere - Nice, Jerusalem, Berlin. This is the whole point. Nobody is free from terror, irrespective of where we happen to be on the planet.”

“The scourge of terrorism blights us all and is never justified under any circumstances,” Tony Kay, Deputy British Ambassador, said.



TIP Vice-President Lior Weintraub said that the initiative demonstrated a united stand against terror.

“This initiative demonstrates the great solidarity and empathy that Israel has received across the globe during the current wave of terror… Just as Israel stands with the rest of the world in the face of terrorism, we call on the world to continue standing with Israel,” he said.

"...we have to fight all together, and we will win all together. Because the barbarians will not prevail," remarked the Italian Ambassador to Israel, Francesco Maria Talò.



United Against Terror TIP LIVESTREAM: Join us as we stand together united against terror. Italian Amb and DCM pay their respect for the victims. #UnitedAgainstTerror

Posted by The Israel Project on Wednesday, January 11, 2017

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