Algerian Jews Hit by Terrorists; Relatives Cautioned Against Retaliation

A resolution demanding an end to indiscriminate terrorist attacks which are striking down innocent bystanders, but at the same time cautioning against retaliatory violence by the friends and relatives of the victims, was adopted by the Council of the Algerian Jewish Committee for Social Justice meeting here.

The resolution followed reports that a high percentage of those killed or injured by a bomb explosion at a casino near Algiers last week were Jews and that many Jews were among the victims of terrorist attacks in Constantine. The resolution stated:

“Algeria again has been plunged into mourning by unspeakable crimes. Terrorist attacks once more have sown death, particularly in the cities of Algiers and Constantine. Everybody, regardless of race or religion, must be shocked by such atrocities. We extend our sympathy to the cruelly bereaved families and mourn with them for the innocent victims.

“Many of the victims have been struck down in the flower of their youth, among them a large number of our co-religionists. Neither grief nor indignation nor anger, however justified, can excuse the unleashing of passions which will result, in their turn, in more innocent victims. As members of one of the most ancient communities on Algerian soil, we feel compelled to adjure the government of our country, on the threshold of the immense task that confronts it, to do everything in its power to prevent Algeria from foundering in hate and to restore concord and peace.”

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