40 Dead from Latest Terror Attacks: “International Community Must Declare All Suicide Bombings Crimes Against Humanity”

March 29, 2010

The Simon Wiesenthal Center expressed its solidarity and condolences with the latest innocent victims of terrorism who were murdered and maimed by suicide bombers in Moscow’s Subway system.

“For years our campaign to have all suicide bombings—whoever the perpetrator or targeted victims—to be declared crimes against humanity,” said Rabbi Abraham Cooper, associate dean of the Simon Wiesenthal Center. “Such a move would enable nations and victims of such terror the legal tools to hold accountable, all those who encourage, validate, aid and abet such contemptible acts by non-state entities,” he added.

Cooper, who is scheduled to participate in an interfaith conference next month in Azerbaijan with the Metropolitan of Moscow and Muslim faith leaders, will urge the gathering to declare all such deeds “crimes against G-d”.

“In an era when young people are encouraged to mass murder others by blowing themselves up with the promise of heaven as a reward, religious leaders have a special obligation to denounce such acts as desecrations of faith,” Cooper concluded

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