Turkish associations in US condemn Boston Marathon attack

Dr. Faruk Taban
Dr. Faruk Taban


Date posted: April 17, 2013

Turkish civil society organizations in the United States have condemned bomb attacks at the Boston Marathon which left three people dead and more than 100 injured on Monday.
Two bombs exploded in the crowded streets near the finish line of the Boston Marathon, killing at least three people and injuring more than 140 in a bloody scene of shattered glass and severed limbs.

A White House official, speaking on condition of anonymity to the Associate Press, said the explosions at one of the world’s oldest and most prestigious races was being treated as terrorism although US President Barack Obama pointedly avoided using the words “terror” or “terrorism.”

The Turkic American Alliance (TAA), a leading Turkish-American umbrella organization, released a statement on Tuesday in condemnation of the attacks.

“We, the Turkic American Alliance, are truly shocked and appalled by the news that just came regarding the explosions near the finish line of the Boston Marathon. We express our condolences for the families and loved ones of the three victims and at least 140 injured from the explosions.”

“The TAA condemns in the strongest terms this tragic event; as Turkic Americans, we stand with the people of Boston. We have no doubt that those who are responsible for this horrific attack will not escape the necessary justice. Once again we offer our deepest condolences to the families and loved ones of those who lost their lives and our thoughts and prayers go out to all those injured,” the TAA’s statement said.

The fiery twin blasts took place almost simultaneously and about 100 yards (meters) apart, knocking spectators and at least one runner off their feet, shattering windows and sending dense plumes of smoke rising over the street and through the fluttering national flags lining the course.

Raindrop Foundation President Mehmet Okumuş also made a statement on Tuesday condemning the attacks at the Boston Marathon on behalf of all Turkish Americans.

“This attack is one that was made against the whole of humanity. All terrorist activities are blows to peace. No matter for what purpose they are committed, no acts of terrorism can be condoned,” he said, offering his condolences to the families of the victims.

The Niagara Foundation, based in Chicago, also condemned the attack in a statement on Tuesday.

“As an organization with a mission to promote peace, respect and dialogue in our society, Niagara Foundation strongly condemns the attack at the Boston Marathon. We are repulsed once again by this senseless act of terrorism and saddened by the loss of innocent life. We offer our thoughts and prayers for the victims. We hope that the perpetrators will be brought to justice as soon as possible,” a statement from the foundation said.

Council of Turkic American Associations (CTAA) President Furkan Kosar said his association condemns the attack in the strongest terms possible and offered his condolences to the families and loved ones of those who lost their lives.

Emre Çelik, president of the Rumi Forum, said his association condemns the actions of those responsible for the horrific incidents in Boston on Monday.

“Our heartfelt sympathies go out to the victims and their families, the wider Boston community and all Americans. Terror, violence and the killing of innocent people can never lead to beneficial results. The Rumi Forum believes that dialogue is the most important way to bring people together to discuss differences and plays the utmost important role of overcoming prejudice and ignorance,” Çelik said in his statement.

Source: Today’s Zaman 16 April 2013

Tags: USA, condolences

 


Related News

Steller: For Turks, post-coup purges make U.S. safe harbor

There’s the political rhetoric — mainly Donald Trump’s proposal to ban Muslim immigrants or, in the most recent version, to suspend immigration from countries that have exported terrorism.

Coup attempt in Turkey puts Tulsa Turks in difficult position

Muhammet Ali Sezer, the incoming executive director of the Raindrop Turkish Cultural Center, said it will be impossible for him to return to his homeland unless the political situation improves. “If I go back to Turkey, I don’t know what they will do to me,” said Sezer. He also said he fears for his father and brother who live in Turkey.

Canadian singer Loreena McKennitt praises Fethullah Gülen’s work

In her remarks, she recalled Gülen’s call for love, compassion, forgiveness and celebration of diversity for which she affirmed her full support. ‘I personally relate to Mr. Gülen’s ideas and his whole views very much. I think he has identified some very critical points up from which we must consider taking on our lives. I was very impressed about to hear his work and all the centers around the world that are supporting his work. I would love to support it by myself.’

US House Intel Chair Says ‘Hard To Believe’ Gulen Behind Turkey Coup

The United State House Intelligence Committee chairman has said it is “hard to believe” that U.S.-based Turkish cleric is behind the military coup attempt last summer, questioning Turkey as a reliable ally.

Fethullah Gulen’s Message of Condemnation and Condolences for St. Petersburg Terrorist Attack

Fethullah Gulen: I strongly condemn the brutal terrorist attack Monday on the metro in St. Petersburg, Russia, which cost the lives of 11 people and injured dozens more. Words fail to express my sorrow at the loss of innocent lives and suffering of their loved ones.

Major reshuffle in Turkish judiciary amid graft probe row

Çolakkadı, Öz, Seçen and Kansız are prosecutors who had overseen a number of probes and court cases such as Ergenekon, Balyoz and KCK between 2007-2012 against alleged coup attempts by groups within the military and outlawed Kurdish organizations during the time when Erdoğan favored the support of Gülen, who allegedly has sympathizers particularly in the judiciary and the police force.

Latest News

Exiled journalist warns of a genocide in the making in newly released book

Vague terrorism charge used to target supporters of the Gülen movement: UN special rapporteurs

ECtHR urges Albania not to deport Gülen follower to Turkey

Woman detained over links to Gülen movement after giving birth

Formerly Gülen-linked schools in Albania face growing gov’t pressure

Exclusive: Turkey, Kosovo violated fundamental rights of expelled teachers, UN body says

Sacked policeman’s grim death sparks debate on COVID-19 data in Turkish prisons

Dissidents of the Turkish government are living in fear in Canada

Turkish Food Festival seeks to teach Greenville about Turkey’s culture and cuisine

In Case You Missed It

Somalia: Somaliland rules out closure of Gulen-linked school

Detained woman, newborn baby transferred to prison 1,291 km away from home

Gülen book finds wide readership in northern Iraq

Fethullah Gülen extends condolences over death of Turkish literary giant

Latest practices of AK Party gov’t raise fears of ‘one-party state’

Turkey: A climate of fear; losers in the aftermath of the coup attempt

Escape from Turkey’s parallel reality

Copyright 2021 Hizmet News