Jewish and Muslim Clerics Mourn Paris Concert Hall Victims

French Jewish and Muslim clergy members led a memorial together for the victims of the terrorist attacks in Paris outside the Bataclan concert hall, where 89 people were killed and hundreds injured on Friday night.

The group, which included multiple French imams and representatives of the Paris Jewish community, laid bouquets of white roses on Sunday among the hundreds of candles left outside the theater by the public, the Guardian reported.

“Anyone who uses hate speech has no place in France, and those places that preach hate are not places of prayer but are those of a sect,” Hassen Chalgoumi, the president of the imams’ conference of France, told a crowd of several dozen people. “1.5 million people are hostages of Daesh [an Arabic acronym for ISIS], 1.5 million people are hostages of these barbarians who are sullying the name of Islam and Muslims. It’s time to say no to this barbarity.”

Chalgoumi said that ISIS has a “fatwa” against him calling for his death.

The memorial was the idea of Polish-Jewish author Marek Halter, who has written extensively on his family, which escaped the Warsaw Ghetto during World War II.


Your Comments

The Forward welcomes reader comments in order to promote thoughtful discussion on issues of importance to the Jewish community. All readers can browse the comments, and all Forward subscribers can add to the conversation. In the interest of maintaining a civil forum, The Forward requires that all commenters be appropriately respectful toward our writers, other commenters and the subjects of the articles. Vigorous debate and reasoned critique are welcome; name-calling and personal invective are not and will be deleted. Egregious commenters or repeat offenders will be banned from commenting. While we generally do not seek to edit or actively moderate comments, our spam filter prevents most links and certain key words from being posted and the Forward reserves the right to remove comments for any reason.

Recommend this article

Jewish and Muslim Clerics Mourn Paris Concert Hall Victims

Thank you!

This article has been sent!