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21 August 2002

To the University Family:

We have all heard by now that the terrorist cell responsible for many recent attacks, including the terrible bombing on our Mount Scopus campus was exposed. This involvement of residents of Israel from East Jerusalem is disconcerting and distressing. Especially troubling is the fact that the perpetrator of the bombing in our cafeteria was an employee of a university contractor. We have implemented a number of security measures in coordination with the security services, which I cannot discuss here. After study of the details of the attack, we will assess the situation and consider implementing additional security measures if required.

We must not, however, lose sight of an important principle: we are trying, despite the difficulties, to promote a learning and working society on our campuses that is pluralistic, open and sensitive to human rights. We must find the balance between reasonable security requirements and the determination to continue on our chosen path. We must not allow our anger and disappointment to turn into blind hatred. Any other behavior would be a victory for terror. As I have previously stated, we must persevere, despite everything, to create at the university a model of fruitful dialogue among people from diverse backgrounds, views and faiths. This model will eventually lead to peace.

Prof. Menachem Magidor

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