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In Solidarity with Iraqi Christians

In Solidarity with Iraqi Christians

The Centre for Academic Shi'a Studies helped coordinate and organise a special ceremony on Saturday 13 November 2010 to remember the victims of recent terrorist attacks worldwide, and in particular the horrific massacre of Christians who were worshipping in "Our Lady of Salvation Church" in Baghdad. Several Christian and Muslim leaders spoke briefly at the event, held in Imam Khoei Islamic Centre, and the statement has been signed by over 25 organisations representing several faiths and denominations.

In Solidarity with Iraqi Christians

13 November 2010

Statement

We the participants, Muslims, Christians and Jews, from different denominations, meet today in London, to express our solidarity with and support for our brothers and sisters of the Iraqi Christian community who have been subjected to terrorist attacks, in particular the congregation of ‘Our Lady of Salvation’ in Baghdad. We emphasise the shared cultural heritage of Muslims and Christians in Iraq, as well as other faiths and denominations, as they have lived together peacefully for generations not only in Iraq but also in other Arab countries and elsewhere. We stand shoulder to shoulder with Iraqi Christians to confront the terror and fear that this important part of Iraqi society now faces, emphasising that these terrorist attacks will not succeed in dividing us and destroying the great values that we share and out long history of peaceful coexistence.

We also condemn, in the strongest terms, all criminal acts committed by terrorists who seek to hijack the high values of Islam. We also condemn the terrorist attacks in Baghdad, Mousil, Erbil, Najaf, Kerbala and Basra, which have caused hundreds of casualties; as well as attacks in other countries including places of worship and shrines in Pakistan, Afghanistan and elsewhere.

Organisations participating:

1. Al-Khoei Foundation
2. Syriac Orthodox Church
3. Chaldean Catholic Church
4. Assyrian Church of the East
5. Muslim Council of Britain
6. Ancient Church of the East
7. Assyrian General Conference
8. Greek Catholic Church of Lebanon
9. Supreme Shiite Islamic Council of London – London office
10. Awareness Foundation
11. Christian Muslim Forum
12. British Muslim Forum
13. Representative of Archbishop of Canterbury
14. International Council of Iraqi Experts
15. International Imam Hussain Council
16. Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales
17. World Ahlul Bayt Islamic League
18. Board of Deputies of British Jews
19. UK Asian Christians
20. Assyrian Democratic Movement
21. Islamic Supreme Council of Iraq
22. British-Iranian Business Association 
23. Antiochian Orthodox Church
24. Melkite and Maronite Churches
25. Humanitarian Dialogue Foundation

 

 

If your institution would like to sign the statement please e-mail info@alkhoei.org