Jumblatt denounces Paris attack: It’s time for political intellectual Islamic rising

JANUARY 8, 2015 (REFERRING TO THE NATIONAL NEWS AGENCY – LEBANON) Democratic Gathering leader, MP Walid Jumblatt, denounced in a statement on Thursday the barbaric attack on Paris, stressing that it’s about time for an intellectual, political Islamic revival to kick off in order to give Islam a sustainable credibility.

The MP said, “It is time for an intellectual, political Islamic rising which gives Islam a renewable trustworthiness that targets, first and foremost, isolating and cordoning off those groups that carry out criminal acts which violate all charters of human rights and freedom of expression.”

The lawmaker warned of the emerging fact which jeopardizes the Islamic and Arab presence and interests in the western communities, indicating that curbing those dangerous incidents which start to grow in Europe cannot be accomplished except through the Muslims integration in the communities which they immigrate to and their respect to the customs, habits and laws of these countries.

Jumblatt added that this kind of integration would reduce the escalated tension and secure appropriate atmosphere for the Islamic Diaspora to stay in those countries instead of creating unrest.

The MP extended condolences to the families of those who were killed in the criminal attack and to the French President Francois Hollande and the French people, stressing the need to pursue and bring perpetrators to justice.

SOURCE: National News Agency- Lebanon