Church saddened by Jerusalem attacks

The Church of Scotland has conveyed its deepest sympathy to the Chief Rabbi of the UK following yesterday's terrorist attack in Jerusalem.

Five Israelis were killed when two men targeted worshippers at the Bnei Torah Kehillat Yaakov Synagogue yesterday morning.

Following the incident, Moderator of the General Assembly, Rt Rev John Chalmers, sent a letter to Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis:

The Church of Scotland was deeply saddened and troubled to hear of the terror attack at the Bnei Torah Kehillat Yaakov Synagogue this morning and condemns this shameful act of violence on people at worship. Please be assured that our prayers are with the families who must be devastated at the loss of their loved ones.

In light of so many recent attacks and deaths caused on both sides of this tragic, on-going conflict, we are praying for an end to this cycle of violence and for more progress to be made towards a resolution which allows people to live together in peace and security.

The Church of Scotland also prays for calm at this time and calls for all concerned to show restraint. Any further reprisals will simply add to the desperate spiral of violence and stifle voices which are crying out for peace.