Imams’ march against terrorism stops to pay respects at Berlin attack site
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    Imams’ march against terrorism stops to pay respects at Berlin attack site

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    The delegation of imams gathered in Breitscheidplatz in Berlin yesterday. A ram-raid attack had caused around fifty injuries during the Christmas market attack last year.
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    Around 30 European Muslim leaders gathered on Sunday in Berlin at the site of the jihadist attack.  In that location 12 people died in December of last year. The imams assembled for the “march against terrorism.”

    This “march”, the aim of which is to disassociate the Muslim community and terrorism, will also take place on July 14th in France, where some 3.5 million Muslims live. The delegation of imams is also due to go by coach to other places affected by the attacks. It is visiting Brussels today, and imminently France. There the delegation will also visit the town of Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray, where a priest was attacked in a church, and the cities of Toulouse and Nice.

    The gathering in Berlin took place in Breitscheidplatz, where a ram-raid attack on a Christmas market caused 12 deaths and around fifty injuries on December 19th, 2016.

    Those attending the marches prayed for the victims, accompanied by local representatives of the Muslim, Christian and Jewish religions. The Imam Houcin Drouiche from the city of Nîmes, in south-east France, stressed that this initiative was intended to send out a “message of brotherhood against terrorism.”

    The previous day in Paris, the Imam of Lisbon, David Munir, welcomed “a historic European initiative.” He said, “Some people are committing crimes in the name of Islam. We are here to say ‘not in our name.’”

    Christopher Vincent
    The Brussels Times