THE Executive Council of Australian Jewry (ECAJ) has added its voice to the worldwide chorus of shock and sorrow in the wake of Friday night’s terrorist attacks in Paris.
Six simultaneous attacks rocked the French capital leaving 127 people dead and some 180 wounded, according to French authorities, in a night of carnage that is being attributed to Daesh (IS).
In a statement released on Sunday, ECAJ president Robert Goot expressed the community’s horror at what had transpired.
“The Australian Jewish community is shocked, horrified and revulsed by Friday night’s brutal and barbaric attacks on citizens in Paris, in yet another murderous terrorist outrage. Our thoughts are with the families of the more than 120 innocent victims and with the more than 200 wounded,” he said.
“We express the profound hope that authorities in France and elsewhere will leave no stone unturned in rooting out the scourge of terrorism in their countries and that the Australian and state governments will continue to take all steps necessary to limit the potential for any acts of terrorism by Islamic State and its deluded followers and supporters, on our shores.”
B’nai B’rith Anti-Defamation Commission chairman Dvir Abramovich said: “We are deeply shocked and outraged by these barbaric and deadly attacks in Paris—which are beyond condemnation.
“We express our sincere condolences to the families of those innocent people who lost their lives and wish those who were injured a full and speedy recovery. During this heartbreaking time of grief and mourning, we stand together with the French people and nation as they seek to recover from this traumatic event and bring to justice the perpetrators of these despicable massacres.
“This tragedy is a reminder that no one is safe until radical Islamist terrorism, that knows no bounds and which is afflicting the globe, is defeated.”
In a press conference in Berlin, Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull echoed the sentiments of Unites States President Barack Obama that the attacks were an attack on “all humanity”.
“On behalf of the Australian people, I extend our deep sympathy to the people of France. Our thoughts and prayers are with them at this terrible time,” he said.