30 October 2020, 13:42
FJCR President puts on Charlie Hebdo indirect blame for the attack on church in Nice
Moscow, October 30, Interfax - President of the Federation of Jewish Communities of Russia Alexander Boroda condemned the Islamist attack on parishioners of the church in Nice, but noted that Charlie Hebdo magazine, which publishes comical pictures of Prophet Muhammad, is partly to blame for the incident.
"We express our condolences to families of the victims and wish them the soonest recovery. Of course, any terrorist attack, any violence, especially when it leads to human victims, is a criminal offense and is punishable by the law," Boroda told Interfax.
He has no doubt that all criminals should be punished and the state should fight against the crimes on national, racial or any other grounds.
"But at the same time," the rabbi added, "it especially refers to French press and in particular the Charlie Hebdo magazine, the mass media is publishing a lot of provocative materials and comical depictions that provoke Muslim population of France (and not only France) and offend feelings of believers. I believe that Charlie Hebdo is indirectly responsible for the terrorist attacks."
Boroda explained that no one has the right to offend religious feelings, desecrate shrines, mock at holy texts and saints of any religions and administrative and partly criminal measures should be applied to those French media that have been inciting interreligious and interethnic hatred.
The FJCR President recalled that Russia recently adopted a law on responsibility for inciting interethnic and interreligious hatred.
On the morning of October 29, a man armed with a knife entered the Notre-Dame Church in Nice and killed an attendant and two women. Police arrived quickly and opened fire on the terrorist. At the moment he is in a city hospitals.