The Secretary-General of the Saudi-based Muslim World League, Mohammed al-Issa, has strongly denounced Saturday’s Pittsburgh synagogue massacre that left eleven people dead, The Algemeiner reported.
Al Issa, a former justice minister who took over the government-funded group in 2016, said in a statement that his group “strongly condemns the heinous attack on peaceful civilians and places of worship, and deemed the violation of their sanctity a criminal act.”
He added that “this terrorist attack is deprived of all principles and values and targeted the lives of peaceful and innocent civilians.”
The bloodshed, he went on to say, “will only make our belief grow stronger in strengthening international solidarity and cooperation to confront extremism that knows no religion and race for the sake of realizing its evil objectives.”
Al Issa, in an interview with The Algemeiner earlier this year, observed that no Islamic laws prohibit Muslims to respect “the Jewish religion and the right of the Jews to live in dignity.”
In a historic move, Al Issa was the first leader of the Muslim World League, and any Saudi-based Muslim group, to publicly condemn Holocaust denial in a letter sent to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.
“History is indeed impartial no matter how hard forgers tried to tamper with or manipulate it,” Al Issa wrote in a message sent to museum director, Sara Bloomfield, five days before International Holocaust Remembrance Day on January 27.
“Hence, we consider any denial of the Holocaust or minimizing of its effect a crime to distort history and an insult to the dignity of those innocent souls who have perished. It is also an affront to us all since we share the same human soul and spiritual bonds,” the message said.
Al Issa expressed “our great sympathy with the victims of the Holocaust, an incident that shook humanity to the core, and created an event whose horrors could not be denied or underrated by any fair-minded or peace-loving person.”
In May, he fulfilled a promise and visited the Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C.
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