We, citizens from various countries know that terrorism keeps hitting and threatening humankind. Slaughters follow slaughters, in most cases perpetrated through ghastly “suicide bombing” . We are appalled at the number of terror victims. This rampant plague has been thriving for too long.
Its worldwide development and particularly the development of “suicide terrorism”, which we are facing, is in no way spontaneous. It is the result of an intensive propaganda spreading a reactionary, deadly and totalitarian ideology, mainly supported by Islamism, which crushes individuals, glorifies hatred, "martyrdom" and murder and turns human beings into weapons.
We claim that condemnation of terrorism must be absolute, universal and unconditional, whatever the origin of the perpetrators . We claim that, under no circumstances, targeting civilians, taking and murdering hostages can be considered as a resistance fight. Together we claim that no cause can justify resorting to "suicide" bombing , to deliberate attacks of non fighters, to terrorist attacks of innocent people, to kidnapping and murder of hostages, whatever their nationalities.
We fully adopt the words of Albert Camus : “Whatever cause one defends, it will be dishonoured for ever by resorting to the blind massacre of an innocent crowd, when the murderer knows in advance he will kill women and children.” Beyond our differences and whatever our options, our hopes, our fights, we call on public opinion to stand against terrorism.
We urge national, regional and international bodies as well as all Non Governmental Organisations to refuse to grant any legitimacy to terrorist organisations, which have given orders, funded, claimed responsibility, advocated or condoned terrorist attacks.
We want those who perpetrate, advocate, organize terror attacks, give orders and recruit "suicide" terrorists to be judged and condemned.
November 23 2008
Halim Akli, laicity activist
Cherifa Kheddar, Président of Association Djazairouna des Familles Victimes du Terrorisme Islamiste
Victoria Villaruel, CELTYV - Centro de Estudios Legales sobre el Terrorismo Y sus Victimas
Françoise Rudetzki, founder of SOS Attentats
Fodé Sylla, Member of Economic and Social Council
Jean-Claude Buhrer-Solal, journalist
Olivia Cattan, President of Paroles de Femmes
Diagne Chanel, President of Comité Soudan
Huguette Chomski Magnis, President of Mouvement pour la Paix et Contre le Terrorisme
Guillaume Denoix de Saint-Marc, President of Collectif des Familles du DC 10 d’UTA
Nabile Farès, psychoanalyst
Sihem Habchi President of Ni Putes Ni Soumises
Jacques Jacubert, President of Bnai Brith France
Samia Labidi, President of d’Ailleurs ou d’Ici Mais Ensemble
Jean-Pierre Lledo, film maker
Malka Marcovich, historian
David Ruzié, Professor of International Law
Marlène Samoun, singer
Pierre-André Taguieff, writer
Arnold Roth, President of Keren Malki
Luca Guglielminetti, International Relations manager of AIVITER Associazione Italiana Vittime del Terrorismo
Dante Nostaristefano, President of Associazione Italiana Vittime del Terrorismo
Dr Judea Pearl, President of Daniel Pearl Foundation
To sign international petition