In a power op-ed for the UK newspaper The Telegraph, Prince Hassan bin Talal (President of the Royal Institute for Interfaith Studies and a member of the Jordanian royal family) and Dr. Ed Kessler (Director of the Woolf Institute) strongly condemn the “hate and atrocities” committed by ISIS (AKA Daesh).
“We are appalled not only by the sickening attacks on our fellow human beings. We also know that to lose Christianity from its birthplace would be to destroy the richness of the tapestry of the Middle East and a hammer blow to our shared heritage. The reality is that we are all one community, united by shared beliefs and history. But this is increasingly denied, with Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant, or Daesh as it is known in our region, taking the lead both in justifying and carrying out these attacks…”
“The search for religious purity poses a universal threat. As we have seen all too often, fundamentalists display a particular loathing for co-religionists whose views do not conform to their own. Daesh has shown itself as prepared to slaughter indiscriminately other Muslims as it has Jews, Christians and others, whatever their nationality: Jordanian or Egyptian, American, British or European.”