European Jewish Congress condemns barbaric terror attacks in France

(Brussels – October 29, 2020) The European Jewish Congress expresses its profound shock and outrage at the horrific terror attacks which took place in Nice and Avignon this morning.

In Nice, three people were murdered by a suspected Islamist terrorist in the centre of the city today in an action believed to replicate the beheading which recently took place in the Paris region against a school teacher. In Avignon, a man wielding a knife attacked a group of police officers. The officers opened fire, killing the assailant.

“We are utterly shocked at the barbarity and sheer evil in these attacks on French citizens and on the French Republic,” EJC President Dr. Moshe Kantor said.

“These acts, coming so soon after the horrific beheading of a schoolteacher last week and clearly motivated by the same religious extremism, do not exist in a vacuum. Attacks on basic rights to freedom of speech and expression and the tolerance shown to Islamist extremism provides moral support for these acts of terrorism,” Dr. Kantor added.

The European Jewish Congress calls upon all European governments to take urgent and radical action to protect all citizens from this new but clearly well-established wave of Islamist terror, which attacks us physically in the streets while simultaneously attempting to undermine our core and collective values of tolerance and freedom of expression.”

“As our communities have felt the results of such acts in recent years, Europe’s Jewish communities stand in total solidarity with President Macron and the people of France and send our deep condolences to the families of the victims and our thoughts and prayers for a speedy recovery to those injured in this terror attack.” Dr. Kantor concluded.

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