October 8, 2023— We are deeply saddened by the tragic loss of life during the attacks by Hamas against Israeli civilians and during the response of the Israeli forces in Gaza.
We condemn all forms of terrorism, attacks targeting civilians, and disregard for the value of human life.
We offer our deepest condolences to Israeli and Palestinian families who lost their family members and loved ones.
No matter by whom or for whatever reason, attacks that directly target civilians or those that cost the lives of many civilians and children due to indiscriminate use of force cannot be condoned.
We call on the international community, especially the United Nations, to come together to de-escalate the current tensions and find lasting solutions to the problems that lead to cycles of violence in the region.
We continue to pray for peace and tranquility in Israel, Palestine, and worldwide.