Reaction of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem to the terror
attack at its Mount Scopus campus
July 31, 2002
The forces of evil have struck yet again. For
them, the entire State of Israel, its citizens, and its institutions
are legitimate targets - this time, however, the target was chosen
with much care. The attack required planning and determination in
order to overcome the many layers of security and strike at the very
heart of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. This was not just an
attack on our institution; it was an attack on a symbol of the
rebirth of Israel in its own land, on a modern state that is rooted
in tradition but embraces openess.
This attack was perpetrated against a university founded upon the
principles of pluralism and tolerance, a university that seeks to
understand the world in which we live and that - despite the wave of
terror and murder we are experiencing - aspires to promote peace and
understanding with its neighbors in this region. The aim of the
terrorists responsible for the horrific scene that I witnessed
several minutes after the explosion was to bring an end to those
values that the Hebrew University embraces and embodies -
understanding, tolerance, and the quest for peace.
The victims include many members of the University community -
students, teachers, employees, and visitors from all parts of the
world. They are Jews and Arabs, and citizens of the US, Korea,
France, Italy, and other countries. This attack is a crime not only
against Israel or the Jewish people; it is a crime against the free
and enlightened world. As I stood facing the destruction, the pools
of blood and the wounded, I was forced to ask myself how we can
continue in our research, teaching and other vibrant activity while
we mourn for the victims. The answer is clear and it is expressed by
the Hebrew word davka, 'despite everything'. The perpetrators
of such heinous acts may kill those dear to us, but they cannot
destroy our vision and our determination to continue to create a
society that is based on reason and mutual understanding, and to
work as a community of researchers and students which welcomes
Israelis of all backgrounds and guests from all over the world.
Above all, we will not let them kill our aspirations for peace.
Professor Menachem Magidor
President, Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Anschlag in der Universität:
Blutbad in der Cafeteria
Das gestrige Blutbad hat in brutaler Weise gezeigt, dass es
wirklich keinen Ort gibt, an dem man sich sicher fühlen kann...
Massenmord am Campus
Wieder ein Inferno.
Dieses Mal traf es die Cafeteria der Hebräischen Universität
Jerusalem. Szenen des Grauens. Sieben Tote und mehr als 80 zum Teil
schwer verletzte Studenten...