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National Council of Churches Statement on Bombing of Turkish Synagogues

The National Council of Churches USA vigorously condemns the bombing of two synagogues during services this past weekend in Istanbul, Turkey. 

Our prayers extend to the families and loved ones of all the victims of this brutal violence –  Jews, who were the main targets, and the many more Muslims who were by-standers.  

We stand in solidarity with Jewish communities in Turkey and throughout the world who feel particularly vulnerable in this climate of violence.  We further stand together with Muslim communities whose faith is denigrated by terrorist groups propagating violence in the name of Islam, such as the one that claimed responsibility for this attack. 

The National Council of Churches has historically affirmed that all people have a right to peaceful assembly and freedom of worship. We have further affirmed that wherever that right is denied to one group of religious people, this right for all people is threatened.  

We, therefore, renew our call to all our member communions to:

  • Remember in prayer all victims of religious violence
  • Extend a hand of cordial fellowship to Jewish and Muslim sisters and brothers in neighborhoods throughout our nation
  • Promote non-violence, justice and peace in our world.


Statement issued November 17, 2003


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