Simon Wiesenthal Center: Al-Shabaab Attacks Condemned as Nazi-Like

17 June 2014

Somali militants who murdered 48 people in a Kenyan village as they watched
the World Cup went door to door asking residents if they were Muslim or spoke Somali – and shot them dead if either answer was 'no', witnesses revealed today…


'They came to our house at around 8pm and asked us in Swahili whether we were Muslims,' said Anne Gathigi. 'My husband told them we were Christians and they shot him in the head and chest.'

Daily Mail, Tara Brady and Mathew Blake


In a joint statement, Rabbi Abraham Cooper, on behalf of the Simon Wiesenthal Centre, and the Chief Rabbi of South Africa, Chief Rabbi Dr Warren Goldstein, have condemned the latest al-Shabaab attacks as Nazi-like.

Chief Rabbi Goldstein has called on “African religious leaders who share common values of the sanctity of human life and dignity to rally together in the face of such evil”.

An interfaith gathering will take place on Wednesday, where Chief Rabbi Dr Goldstein and Rabbi Cooper will address the ongoing brutal persecution of people of faith on the African continent.

“It is time the clergy becomes the voice of condemnation of Nazi-like tactics increasingly being employed against innocent civilians across the continent,” says Rabbi Cooper.

Rabbi Cooper added “From Boko Haram in Nigeria to al-Shabaab in Kenya, the world is increasingly witnessing brutal tactics, which the World War II Nazis called seleczia as they selected innocent Jews to perish in gas chambers.

“Once again, we see the growing trend of innocent men, women and children being singled out by murderous terrorists because of their faith.”

This tragic development will be at the heart of tomorrow’s interfaith meeting, at 12.30pm at the HOD, 58 Oaklands Road, Orchards, Johannesburg.

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The Simon Wiesenthal Center is one of the largest international Jewish human rights organizations with over 400,000 members. It is an NGO at international agencies including the United Nations, UNESCO, the OSCE, the Council of Europe, the OAS and the Latin American Parliament.