ISNA Condemns the Massacre of Protesters in Egypt

August 14, 2013, The Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) is shocked at the violence unleashed in Egypt and strongly condemns the killing of innocent protesters. “We call for the protection of human life and freedom of expression for all Egyptians,” said Imam Mohamed Magid, president of ISNA. “All Egyptians should have the right to express their views peacefully and without fear for their lives,” he added. ISNA shares the sentiments of United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon who has condemned in the strongest terms the violence that occurred when Egyptian security services used force to clear sit-ins and demonstrations.  “The Secretary-General regrets that Egyptian authorities chose instead to use force to respond to the ongoing demonstrations,” his spokesperson said in a statement. We join Mr. Ban in extending our condolences to the families of those killed, and wish those injured full and speedy recovery. We note that the White House has also condemned the violence in Egypt, as well as the imposition of emergency law, warning Egypt’s military-backed interim government that “the world is watching.” ISNA calls upon all governments and people of conscience to bring pressure upon the Egyptian authorities to immediately suspend all operations that kill and maim innocent citizens.