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Synagogue attack victims commemorated in Istanbul

ISTANBUL - Hürriyet Daily News | 11/15/2010 12:00:00 AM |

The Beth Israel Synagogue in Istanbul was blanketed with red carnations Monday morning in memory of the 25 people killed in a terrorist attack there seven years ago.

The Beth Israel Synagogue in Istanbul was blanketed with red carnations Monday morning in memory of the people killed there seven years ago as people mourning the victims condemned every kind of terrorism.

“This is the anniversary of a dark day. Twenty-five of our citizens lost their lives, but we haven’t forgotten them,” Beyoğlu Mayor Ahmet Misbah Demircan said at the commemoration ceremony organized by the Şişli Municipality. He added that terror takes lives regardless of religion, nationality and ethnicity, but peace unites people under the roof of friendship.

The 2003 bombing of the synagogue occurred on a Saturday morning when Jewish citizens were performing prayers, said Yeuda Adoni, the chief rabbi’s representative. The fatal attack killed 25 people, turning the building’s street into a lake of blood to which tears were added afterward, Adoni said.

Speaking at the ceremony, Şişli Mayor Mustafa Sarıgül said terrorism is the scourge of humanity and today’s world. Saying that problems cannot be solved with blood, guns, fighting and terror, Sarıgül called on all nations to sincerely work together to prevent terror attacks.

“No one’s power will be enough to break our national unity and solidarity. I’m calling on the whole world from here: Turkey cannot be a playing field for international uneasiness,” Sarıgül said, adding that a world without peace is not productive.

Leaving a red carnation at the synagogue, Gabi Talu, who lost his daughter in the terrorist attack, said he still longs for his daughter despite the seven years that have passed since her death. “My wife couldn’t come here [today] due to her sorrow,” Talu said.

Two citizens participating in the commemoration, Serpil Oruç and Necla Bayrak, said they condemn every kind of terrorism in the world targeting members of any group.

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