Daily Israel Report

Turkey Condemns Brussels Shooting Attack

Turkey condemns attack at the Jewish Museum in Brussels, expresses hope it was not motivated by anti-Semitism.
By Elad Benari
First Publish: 5/30/2014, 12:16 AM

Man lays flowers at memorial outside Brussels Jewish Museum
Man lays flowers at memorial outside Brussels Jewish Museum
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Turkey on Thursday condemned last weekend’s shooting attack at the Jewish Museum in Brussels.

“We want to hope that the attack was not launched with racist motivations and does not have anti-Semitic characteristics,” the Turkish Foreign Ministry said in a written statement quoted by the daily Hurriyet newspaper.

“Otherwise, our concerns in the face of the fatal picture that has emerged in the European parliamentary elections will further increase,” the ministry said, lending support to the Belgian government’s efforts to capture the perpetrators of the attack and shed light on the reasons for the attack.

“Hereby, we want to once more emphasize Turkey will continue its efforts aimed at preventing all kinds of religious intolerance and xenophobia, which include threats, provocation or violence against humanity, in the upcoming period as it has done in the past,” added the statement.

Four people were killed in last Saturday’s attack, including two Israelis, Emanuel and Miriam Riva.

Belgian news media reported on Tuesday that local police have arrested a suspect in the shooting incident, which has been called a "terrorist assassination" by the Belgian federal prosecutor.

On Wednesday, the UN Security Council strongly condemned the terror attack which, it said, “resulted in loss of life and injuries, and with a possible anti-Semitic motivation behind it.”