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Justin Trudeau. Photo: CIJnews
Justin Trudeau. Photo: CIJnews

Trudeau, Dion condemn Istanbul terrorist” attack, mum on motive

From his end-of-year vacation outside Canada, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau issued a statement condemning the terrorist mass shooting at a nightclub in the Beşiktaş district of Istanbul, Turkey, on 1 January 2017. At least 39 people were killed and at least 69 were injured in the attack.

The terrorist, who is still at large, was heard screaming the Arabic words “Allahu Akbar” (Allah, the God of the Muslims, is the greatest) after he entered the nightclub and started shooting indiscriminately at the patrons . The Islamic State (aka IS, ISIS, ISIL, Daesh, Caliphate), which claimed responsibility for recent major terrorist attacks in Turkey, is the prime suspect.

The following is Trudeau’s statement (January 1, 2017):

It is with deep sadness that I learned of the deadly terrorist attack on a nightclub in Istanbul that killed and injured innocent people celebrating the New Year and claimed the life of a Canadian citizen.

On behalf of all Canadians, Sophie and I offer our deepest condolences to the families and friends of all of the victims of this horrible act, and we hope and pray that those injured have a rapid and complete recovery.

We mourn with the people of Turkey today and with all countries who lost citizens in this vicious attack.

We also grieve the senseless loss of a Canadian citizen and remain steadfast in our determination to work‎ with allies and partners to fight terrorism and hold perpetrators to account.”

Stéphane Dion, minister of Foreign Affairs, tweeted:

Canada condemns the terrorist attack in #Istanbul, #Turkey. We stand with the Turkish people during this difficult time.”

The federal government sticks to its policy that separates between “peaceful Islam” and Muslim terrorists who carry out attack in the name of Islam, and argues that Muslims are in fact the greatest victims of terrorism.

In an interview with Maclean’s (December 16, 2015), Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said, “[I’m] talking directly about the Muslim community. They [Muslims] are predominantly the greatest victims of terrorist acts around the world at the present time. And painting ISIS and others with a broad brush that extends to all Muslims is not just ignorant, it is irresponsible.”

A year earlier Trudeau said to a Surrey (BC) Muslim magazine that his lesson from the 9/11 terrorist attacks is that “any time such an incident does occur there has to be strong message needed to be sent to separate the muslims from the terrorist…”

Trudeau also argued that Islam is not incompatible with the Western secular democracy, a free place like Canada,” emphasizing that “we need to make sure that we’re working with communities like the Muslim community for example to demonstrate that Islam is not incompatible with free and open Western societies.”

Stéphane Dion, Minister of Foreign Affairs, issued a statement (July 3, 2016) in which he drew a clear distinction between ISIS which “demonstrates its complete disregard for human life” and Islam which is “a religion of peace that fosters the respect and promotion of human life.”

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About Jonathan D. Halevi

Jonathan D. Halevi
Lt. Col. (ret.) Jonathan D. Halevi is co-founder and editor of CIJnews and a senior researcher of the Middle East and radical Islam at the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs. He is also a co-founder of the Orient Research Group Ltd.


  1. Ignorance as usual

    Sooner this Gvt go the better

  2. Why isn’t he condemning the Unesco attack on Israel, not to mention all the other Islamic attacks listed by comments below….?

  3. Trudumb,why did his father father this idiot???

  4. Do you really need a pic with everything about this dummy. His face nauseates .

  5. would be great if they did but Jihadi Justin wont as it go’s against his beloved Barbarian Muslims if he call it the way it is

  6. I wonder who wrote that condemning speech? It is always the same thing he mumbles every time there is an attack. Go feight on the front lines of Syria Trudeau!! See how much you condemn then!!!

  7. In Canada, thousands of taxpayers are shocked to find out that their workhorse PM was making time out of his busy schedule to take a vacation.

    With the PM on vacation, who will take all those selfies, wander the globe dispensing Canadian tax money freely, and spread the politics of division and anti Free Speech rhetoric, and tell us Canadians what we really want and who we really are?

    I’m just so lost right now. I need a safe space.

  8. Will JT get it when same stuff happens in Canada for same reason. A primitive ideology that always does the same thing, attack

  9. So why is he not addressing terrorism and shria here in Canada? two innocent sisters hacked to death in Ottawa, the attempted beheadings in a Vancouver university. even the attempted terror attacks in Alberta was quietly swept under the rug. When you say you are a moderate or extreme follower of Islam, questions have to be raised about the teachings. You cant cut the branches off the tree and feed the roots at the same time.

  10. someone should yell it in Parliament…

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