WLCJ Statement on Marking 100 Days since the Hamas Attack

Today, we solemnly mark the 100th day since the reprehensible Hamas terror attack on October 7, 2023. This tragic event not only claimed so many innocent lives, but also left an indelible mark on our hearts and communities. As we remember those we lost, our thoughts and prayers go out to the kidnapped victims and the families, all who continue to endure unimaginable pain and fear.

On this somber occasion, we stand united in our commitment to justice, peace, and the unwavering support of Israel and those affected by this act of terror. Our collective resolve remains strong, and we declare our determination to defeat Hamas and to bring the hostages home safely.

It is disheartening that, even in the aftermath of such a devastating event, we witness many who celebrate the depraved attack. We hear few condemning the violence or calling for the release of those kidnapped (or even allowing Red Cross visits confirming their health and well-being). We hear denial and shrugs of indifference at the sexual violence against Israeli women perpetrated by Hamas.

After 100 days, the world would like us to forget and to simply turn the page.  But we refuse.  We will continue to unequivocally condemn these heinous acts and demand the freedom of the kidnapped.  We will call out the use of human shields and we refuse to ignore Hamas’ threats to repeat the October 7 attacks.

As a community, we must continue to raise our voices against terrorism, advocate for the release of the hostages, and work towards a future without Hamas, where peace and security prevail. Our commitment to justice and compassion must guide us in the face of adversity.

Let us honor the memory of the victims, the hostages, the families, and the IDF soldiers by fostering unity, supporting one another, and actively working towards a world where such savage acts of violence intentionally targeting civilians have no place.

Julia Loeb, International President

Rabbi Ellen S. Wolintz-Fields, Executive Director