Fidest – Agenzia giornalistica/press agency

Quotidiano di informazione – Anno 34 n° 316

Victims of Church Carnage

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 3 novembre 2010

The Simon Wiesenthal Center is outraged by the carnage of Christians at Sunday prayers at a Baghdad church who were targeted by Islamic terrorists who called the Catholic Church, a “den of idolatry.”  “We are stunned by the barbarity of this onslaught. We share the grief of the survivors, the families of victims, and our many friends in Christian communities worldwide,” said Rabbi Abraham Cooper, Assistant Dean of the Center. “But we are also outraged by the indifference of the international community. The only thing more outrageous than the systematic slaughter of families gathered in their place of worship is the overwhelming silence at this heinous act.”   “As Jews, over the course of history we have learned what it is like to a targeted and powerless minority. In 2010, Christians in their historical communities in Iraq and throughout much of the Middle East are victims of a pattern of incitement aimed at destroying or driving them out of societies they have contributed too for centuries,” added Rabbi Yitzchok Adlerstein, the Center’s director of Interfaith Affairs. “Americans should reflect on the pathological intolerance that too often targets Christians, Jews, Buddhists and Hindus. Turning a blind eye to such attacks will only mean the deaths of more innocents, and in many cases, the disappearance of  ancient communities.”
Terrorists from an Al Qaeda affiliate called the Islamic State of Iraq took a hundred hostages in a Catholic Church that had been the target of a bomb several years ago. It exploded devices packed with ball bearings and executed some surviving hostages before Iraqi counterterrorism troops stormed the building. The death toll among the parishioners and Iraqi forces who broke the siege stands at 52, with dozens more wounded. According to the group’s website, the terrorists were infuriated over the alleged actions of Egyptian Copts on behalf of two women who had converted to Christianity, and said it lit the fuse for a campaign against Iraqi Christians.

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