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In Solidarity with Iraqi Christians

Joint Statement:

We the participants, Muslims, Christians and Jews, from different denominations, meet today in London, to express our solidarity with and support for our brothers and sisters of the Iraqi Christian community who have been subjected to terrorist attacks, in particular the congregation of ‘Our Lady of Salvation’ in Baghdad. We emphasise the shared cultural heritage of Muslims and Christians in Iraq, as well as other faiths and denominations, as they have lived together peacefully for generations not only in Iraq but also in other Arab countries and elsewhere. We stand shoulder to shoulder with Iraqi Christians to confront the terror and fear that this important part of Iraqi society now faces, emphasising that these terrorist attacks will not succeed in dividing us and destroying the great values that we share and out long history of peaceful coexistence.

We also condemn, in the strongest terms, all criminal acts committed by terrorists who seek to hijack the high values of Islam.  We also condemn the terrorist attacks in Baghdad, Mousil, Erbil, Najaf, Kerbala and Basra, which have caused hundreds of casualties; as well as attacks in other countries including places of worship and shrines in Pakistan, Afghanistan and elsewhere.

Organisations participating:

1.    Imam Al-Khoei Foundation

2.    Syriac Orthodox Church

3.    Chaldean Catholic Church

4.    Assyrian Church of the East

5.    Muslim Council of Britain

6.    Ancient Church of the East

7.    Assyrian General Conference

8.    Greek Catholic Church of Lebanon

9.    Supreme Shiite Islamic Council of London – London office

10.   Awareness Foundation

11.   Christian Muslim Forum

12.   British Muslim Forum

13.   Representative of Archbishop of Canterbury

14.   International Council of Iraqi Experts

15.   International Imam Hussain Council

16.   Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales

17.   World Ahlul Bayt Islamic League

18.   Board of Deputies of British Jews

19.   UK Asian Christians

20.   Ancient Church of the East

21.   Assyrian Democratic Movement

22.   Islamic Supreme Council of Iraq

23.   British-Iranian Business Association

24.   Antiochian Orthodox Church

25.   Melkite and Maronite Churches

13 November 2010

Statement published with permission of the Al-Khoei Foundation.