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Archbishop of Canterbury's response at synagogue bomb site

Posted on: November 18, 2003 1:28 PM
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[ACNS source: Lambeth Palace] The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, has visited the site of one of the synagogues badly damaged in Saturday's bombings in Istanbul. Speaking outside the Neva Shalom synagogue in Shishane, Dr Williams said, "This is a heart breaking sight. In a place where the relationship between Muslims, Jews and Christians is one of co-operation and goodwill, an attack on a synagogue is an attack on every Muslim, Jew and Christian."

"I know that this tragedy will draw the religious communities even closer together and they will work to ensure that the hatred that breeds violence of this kind cannot flourish."

The Archbishop said that he had brought with him from Britain a personal message from the Chief Rabbi, Dr Jonathan Sacks, to the Jewish community in Istanbul.