World Bulletin/News Desk
The world has been silent about the killing of millions of people in the Muslim world, Mehmet Gormez, Turkey's head of religious affairs, said Tuesday.
"On one hand, (around) 12 million people have been massacred in the Islamic world in the last 10 years, and on the other hand, 12 people were brutally killed in Paris last week," Gormez said.
We saw people who did not speak up about the killing of millions show up at a rally against the murder of only 12 people, he added.
"The death of a human is the death of humanity," Gormez said. "There is no difference in brutal killings, whether in Damascus, Baghdad or Paris."
If the world does not react to all killings and massacres in the same manner regardless of religion or location, then all humanity will be doomed, Gormez added.
Gormez also said that the Paris terror attacks on Wednesday and Friday cannot be accepted by any Muslim or any sensible person.
All Muslims should condemn terror and violence and a livable world can be maintained after all pains and griefs are treated with compassion and justice, he added.
"Violence cannot be removed with violence and blood cannot be cleaned with blood," Gormez said. "The world's security cannot be maintained by oppressing beliefs."
Turkish PM: Certain segments want all Muslims to take blame
Meanwhile, certain segments of society want to collectively blame on Turks and Muslims in Europe, Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said on Tuesday .
He was referring to Rupert Murdoch's tweet after the Paris attack, which read: “Maybe most Moslems peaceful, but until they recognize and destroy their growing jihadist cancer they must be held responsible.”
Davutoglu spoke to reporters about the France attack and his official visit to Berlin on his plane returning from Germany.
"As we see in Murdoch's remarks, when someone makes a mistake they act as if all Muslims and Turks played a part in that mistake," he said.
The Turkish premier said he came to Paris and attended the unity march so that the Turkish people in France can respond to French people if they are ever subject to hostile gazes: "My prime minister was also present at the unity rally."
"You must walk with your head held high. You are not guilty," he said.
"Islam is permanent in Europe. It is not possible anymore to expel Muslims from Europe as if they are temporary migrants," he added.
Davutoglu also visited the recently attacked Mevlana Mosque in Berlin during his visit, saying "I wanted to give a message by visiting the torched mosque. I also told Merkel that if you make bilateral visits, it will also have a very positive impact."
His visit to Germany came after an estimated two million people and scores of world leaders rallied in the French capital to protest against the recent deadly attacks in Paris.
Germany has the largest Turkish diaspora abroad, with an estimated three million people of Turkish origin living in the country.
Muslim organizations in Germany have held rallies in 2,000 mosques nationwide in protest against religious extremism and racist attacks targeting mosques and synagogues.
Twelve people were killed last Wednesday when masked gunmen attacked the Paris headquarters of Charlie Hebdo, a satirical magazine known for printing offensive material, including derogatory cartoons of Prophet Muhammad in 2006 and 2012.
Said and Cherif Kouachi, the two suspected gunmen and brothers, were killed by police on Friday in a warehouse in Dammartin-en-Goele, a small town north of Paris.
Another gunman, Amedy Coulibaly, killed four hostages at a kosher supermarket in a separate attack in Paris on Friday.
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