16 February 2015, 17:06
Berl Lazar calls for all countries to unite in fight against terrorism
Moscow, February 16, Interfax - Berel Lazar, Russia's chief rabbi has called on the European leaders to take drastic action against the masterminds and perpetrators of the terrorist attacks in Denmark.
This terrorist challenge faced by Europe needs to be opposed with drastic and coordinated actions in all civilized countries. This is the only way to ensure peace and security in Copenhagen, Paris and other cities, Lazar said in a statement obtained by Interfax-Religion on Sunday.
Lazar recalled that two attacks using firearms were carried out in central Copenhagen on Saturday evening and in the early hours of Sunday.
"I really hope that responsible politicians in Denmark, in Europe and in all the civilized world will eventually realize that they need to work together to destroy the infrastructure of terrorism and, most importantly, its human-hating ideology. There is no and there can be no justification to the calls to 'understand' gangsters, negotiate with them and reach compromises with them: any such actions only encourage new killings," he said.
Lazar said some countries "are openly promoting an ideology justifying terrorism and are openly raising money to finance terrorist attacks. There are even countries where the authorities publicly say their purpose is to kill Jews and destroy Israel."
"However, Jews are not the only victims of international terrorism. Attacks on Christians and just secular people have recently become frequent. It has recently happened in Paris and it happened in Copenhagen yesterday. A terrorist opened fire on participants in a seminar on freedom of speech and then went to a synagogue and opened fire on praying Jews," Lazar said in his statement.
Lazar said some politicians and media "will now begin saying that we are taking about an isolated incident, 'a mentally ill individual,' etc."
"Some people are already saying that about the Paris terrorists. But such 'individuals' exist in every big city now. They may not even formally belong to any prominent organization, they just have a common ideology, an ideology of hatred disguised with pseudo-religious slogans," Lazar said.