AJCF statement on this week’s attack against Charlie Hebdo
Anette Adelmann, ICCJ General Secretary | 09.01.2015
In the wake of the terrible attack this week on the staff of the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo in Paris, the ICCJ wishes to share the following statement from the Amitié judéo-chrétienne de France (AJCF), our member organization in France, and to assure our friends and colleagues there that we are very much united to them in this time of shock and sorrow.
Présidente de l’Amitié Judéo-Chrétienne de France :
On this Thursday, 8th January, the Jewish-Christian Friendship Association of France is united to the national mourning in France. The horrible attack yesterday against the newspaper “Charlie Hebdo” did not target either Jews or Christians specifically, but took aim at people who symbolized one of the fundamental values both Jews and Christians prize: freedom … freedom of conscience … freedom of thought … freedom of expression. This crime has attempted to undermine the very principles upon which our society rests, and which allow all of us—Jews, Christians, Muslims, believers of other religions, non-believers or atheists—to live together in peace, equal in dignity. Now more than ever, dialogue between people of differing religions or convictions seems to the Jewish-Christian Friendship Association of France to be the path necessary to overcome the temptation to hatred.