JUST condemns attacks in Istanbul

  • Nation
  • Tuesday, 25 Nov 2003

PETALING JAYA: The International Movement For A Just World (JUST) has condemned the recent bombing of two synagogues, the British consulate and HSBC bank in Istanbul. 

Its president Dr Chandra Muzaffar said that the savage massacre of innocent human beings could never be justified under any circumstances and the severest of retribution should be handed out to those responsible for the acts. 

“Butchering innocent people in the month of Ramadan is a despicable deed which in the words of the Turkish Prime Minister, Recep Erdogan, 'will be damned until eternity,” he said in a statement. 

The perpetrators, he said, had created a venue for a segment of the international media to tarnish the image of Muslims and the name of Islam as both incidents have helped to strengthen a caricature of the religion and its followers as elements prone to violence. 

Dr Chandra added that the attacks on the synagogues had also tarnished the Turkish Muslim record of providing support and shelter to the Jews for more than 500 years.  

He called on Washington, London and Tel Aviv to address with sincerity the root causes of such violence. 

He said the greatest threat to humankind today was the short-sighted agenda of remaking the Middle East in order to ensure the perpetual dominance of narrowly defined Anglo-American and Israeli interests. 

“It may well be one of the primary causes behind the senseless violence that we saw in Istanbul over the last few days,” he added.  

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