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Resolve and Courage a Year After Paris Attacks

Bataclan Theatre in Paris (Photo: flickr/34990150)

November 13 marks the one-year anniversary of the horrific attacks in Paris that killed 130 and left hundreds more wounded. The suicide bombings and shootings - carried out at a soccer stadium, the Bataclan Theatre, and in the Parisian streets - were the most costly, but definitely not the only, attacks that have rocked the European continent in the past 12 months, as reported by The International Business Times:

A series of attacks in Paris on Nov. 13, 2015, left 130 people dead and hundreds injured. The attacks, which French President François Hollande described as an “act of war,” was organized by the Islamic State militant group. The shootings and suicide attacks targeted the Stade de France stadium, crowded streets that housed popular nightlife spots and the Bataclan concert hall.

A year since the attacks from the group also known as ISIS, Europe has witnessed multiple terror strikes, the latest being the stabbing of three police officers in Brussels by a Belgian man. Here is a timeline of the major terror attacks in Europe this year...

Brussels bombings, April: Twin blasts at the Brussels airport and a metro station in city killed 32 people and left 340 injured. ISIS claimed responsibility for the attacks. The first strike at Brussels’ Zaventem airport occurred 7:58 local time (1:58 p.m. EST) when two explosions minutes apart ripped through the airport’s check-in area. A little over an hour after the airport attack, another explosion ripped through a three-carriage train at the Maelbeek metro station in the city centre...

Nice attack, July: Mohamed Lahouaiej-Bouhlel, a 31-year-old Tunisian man, drove his lorry through a crowd in France’s Nice city killing 86 people and injuring 303 others. The crowd was watching a fireworks display part of France’s Bastille Day celebrations. ISIS claimed responsibility for the attack, according to its news agency Amaq, which reported: “He did the attack in response to calls to target the citizens of the coalition that is fighting the Islamic State...”

France Church attack, July: Two attackers killed an 84-year-old priest and took four others hostage in a church in Rouen suburb in northern France. Both the attackers were shot dead by the police. Three hostages were rescued unharmed but one was seriously injured. The attackers claimed to be part of ISIS before they were shot. Hollande said the attackers had committed a “cowardly assassination” and reiterated that the country would fight the militant group “by all means.”

In the wake of the November attacks in Paris, Rabbi Eckstein delivered these words in a message calling for the world to come together against the evil forces that would undermine our freedom and peace:

Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu, who said Israel stands “shoulder to shoulder” with France, [added] that, “An attack on any one of us should be seen as an attack on all of us.”

Moral equivalence is an affront not only to those who champion freedom and peace, but to all victims of terror. And moral equivalence will not see us through this battle. Resolve and courage – the kind of resolve and courage we hear in Prime Minister Netanyahu’s words – will.

Pray for the people of France, all those who were murdered, and all their loved ones, and for the recovery of all those injured in these cowardly attacks. But pray also that the world will come together to fight those who would undermine our civilization – a civilization built on tolerance, personal freedom, and liberty for all.

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