Major Jewish groups hail killing of bin Laden, announcement of his elimination made on “Holocaust Memorial Day”

Ha’aretz – The Republican Jewish Coalition hailed Monday the death of al-Qaida leader Osama Bin Laden, who was killed in Pakistan by United States Navy Seals, and stressed that the war against radical Islam must continue.

“This is a great victory for the United States and a terrific accomplishment by our intelligence community and our military forces,” RJC Executive Director Matt Brooks said, adding his congratulations to the Obama administration, the intelligence community, and the military on a job well done.

“This closes a painful chapter in American history and should give comfort to the families of those killed by al-Qaida,” he said, adding that “we must remain vigilant against the continued threats from the forces of radical Islam and from those around the world who wish to do us harm.”

Brook urged Obama and the Congress to “give their strong support to our intelligence community and military, which keep us safe from attack and bring justice to terrorists.”

B’nai B’rith International also welcomed the news of Osama’s death, saying that the action sends a message to terrorists around the world that “the United States will relentlessly protect its people.”

“Of course many questions remain. For starters, about what becomes of the al-Qaida terror network without its leader, and about the Pakistani authorities’ role in either helping bin Laden hide or assisting in his capture,” the statement said, adding that for now, Americans should “take this moment to reflect on the successful pursuit of a mass murderer, who was responsible for such devastating loss of life in the United States and in so many places around the globe.”

Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations Chairman Alan Solow and Executive Vice Chairman Malcolm Hoenlein also welcomed Obama’s announcement of the removal of master terrorist bin Laden.

“We warmly welcome and appreciate the announcement by President Obama that Osama bin Laden, who was responsible for the deaths of many innocent people, including thousands at the World Trade Center, is dead,” the said in a statement.

“We congratulate the intelligence, security and military personnel who carried out this action and those who have sought him over the years, under the leadership of both Presidents Bush and Obama,” the said, adding that bin Laden threatened the Jewish people and the announcement of his elimination, which coincided with the commemoration of Holocaust Memorial Day, “is a reminder that those who perpetrate evil will ultimately be held to account.”

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