Jews, and Jewish sites, are often the main targets of terrorists. The WJC works to fight terrorism by advocating a halt in arms proliferation to terrorist groups, better international cooperation, and the protection of Jewish institutions.
Since the 9/11 attacks on New York and Washington DC, the Madrid and London train bombs, and the attacks in Bali, Islamic terrorism has posed a major threat to the world, including global Jewry as a target. Hezbollah, a proxy of Iran, has masterminded and perpetrated deadly attacks including the bombing of an Israeli tourist bus in Borgas, Bulgaria in 2012, and the 1992 Israeli Embassy and the 1994 AMIA bombings in Buenos Aires, among others. Jews have also been targeted and killed by Islamic terrorists either operated alone or affiliated with a terror groups across Europe, including in Denmark and France.
The advance of radical Islam in many countries creates a fertile climate for terrorist action. It undermines inter-ethnic and inter-faith relations, provides the basis for terrorism and threatens democratic values.
Violence supposedly justified in the name of G-d is misguided. The spread of violence and terror must be fought by eradicating its root causes, halting the proliferation of arms to countries sponsoring terrorism, and by actively defending democracy, human rights and the rule of law.
Legislation prohibiting the incitement to terrorist acts and spreading of hate propaganda, particularly by radical clerics preaching in mosques, needs to be adopted and properly enforced.
Governments must be induced to prosecute and, where possible, expel radical Muslim clerics spreading hate messages and inciting violence.
Governments need to provide adequate security measures to protect Jewish centres and Jewish individuals from terrorist threats.