Attack at Jewish Museum in Brussels condemned by UN chief and Security Council

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29 May 2014 – The United Nations Security Council has condemned “in the strongest terms” the recent terrorist attack against the Jewish Museum in Brussels, which resulted in loss of life and injuries and may have had a possible anti-Semitic motivation behind it. A gunman reportedly shot dead two Israelis and a French woman at the museum during Saturday’s attack, which was also condemned by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon over the weekend.

Mr. Ban sent his condolences to the families of the victims and wishes a speedy recovery to one person reported injured, according to the spokesperson.

The members of the Council, in a statement issued to the press last night, expressed their deep sympathy and condolences to the families of the victims and expressed their sympathy to all those injured in the attack, and to the peoples and Governments of Belgium, Israel and France.

“The members of the Security Council strongly condemned all forms of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance, especially against an institution whose mission has always been to promote openness and tolerance,” stated the 15-member body.

Council members also reaffirmed that terrorism in all its forms and manifestations is “criminal and unjustifiable,” and underlined the need to bring perpetrators, organisers, financiers and sponsors of these “reprehensible” acts of terrorism to justice.

The UN chief said he “trusts that Belgian authorities will do everything possible to bring the perpetrator or perpetrators of this crime to justice swiftly”.