Israeli Leaders, Jewish Groups Hail Bin Laden's Death

Concerns that death will lead to retaliation against U.S., Israel and Jewish targets.

Published: May 3rd 2011
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Israeli Prime Minister was just one of several Jewish leaders who welcomed the news of Osama bin Laden’s death on Sunday, May 1.


"The State of Israel joins the American people on this historic day in celebrating the elimination of Osama bin Laden," read a statement from the Israeli PM’s office. "This is a resounding victory for justice, freedom and the common values of all democracies that are resolutely fighting shoulder to shoulder against terrorism."


Bin Laden’s body has reportedly been buried at sea by U.S. forces, so that his gravesite cannot become a shrine. According to the New York times, his body was buried within 24 hours of his death, respecting the Muslim tradition.


The American Jewish Committee hailed the news of the successful U.S. operation against bin Laden at his compound.


"We express our heartfelt admiration and appreciation to the United States government for the relentless pursuit of bin Laden, who had the blood of thousands on his hands," said American Jewish Committee Executive Director, David Harris. "This is an extraordinary moment for all concerned about the fight against international terrorism. It sends an unmistakably powerful message of American resolve to go after those who would wreak human havoc in the name of their perverted hatred packaged as fanatical faith."


"The death of such a significant figure in global terrorism inevitably raises concerns that those sympathetic to bin Laden will now seek to retaliate against the U.S. and its allies in the West, or against Israeli or Jewish targets," Abraham Foxman, the Anti Defamation League's national director, said in a statement. "One recurring theme of bin Laden’s videotaped messages was a special hatred for Israel, often expressed in anti-Semitic terms. Past plots in the U.S. motivated by the ideologies of extreme intolerance have often targeted Jewish and Israeli institutions. We must remain vigilant against the ever-present threat of new acts of terrorist violence inspired by his death."


Bin Laden was killed Sunday after a months-long operation in a firefight in Abbottabad, in northeastern Pakistan.


Following his death, U.S. State Department issued a worldwide travel alert notifying U.S. citizens traveling and residing abroad "to the enhanced potential for anti-American violence following recent counter-terrorism activity in Pakistan."


The alert said that U.S. government facilities including embassies around the world were on high alert and "may temporarily close or periodically suspend public services to assess their security posture."

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