Statement on the use of terrorism
from the Christian Jewish Dialogue in Montreal
- For Jews and Christians alike, terrorist acts, including the taking of one's own life in
suicide bombings and, as a result, that of innocent persons, is an offence to God, the
Giver of all life.
- The two religions also prohibit wilful devastation and the deliberate creation of fear.
- We therefore strongly condemn attacks upon innocent persons and the targeting of whole
- We call upon religious leaders to denounce such acts and those who incite or sanction
them, to speak out together, to appeal to all people of goodwill, to communicate their
message to the grass roots of their community, and to do so in the name of God.
- We calI upon those who perceive such attacks as strategic means of achieving objectives
to turn away from them, and to recognize that those acts weaken rather than strengthen
their cause in the eyes of the world.
- We call upon people of faith, and indeed all people of goodwill, to commit themselves to
dialogue which is the only way to build bridges and achieve a road to justice,
reconciliation and lasting peace.
Jean Duhaime, CJDM president,
April 19, 2004
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The Christian - Jewish Dialogue of Montreal, a not-for-profit organisation, is a group
of representatives of different sponsoring organisations, who come together on a regular
basis in order to build and strengthen mutual understanding and support between Christian
and Jewish communities.
Information : Canadian Centre For Ecumenism (514) 937-9176; Canadian
Jewish Congress, Community Relations Committee (514) 345-6111 ext. 3164.