Canada Condemns West Bank Mosque Attack

January 11, 2012 - Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird issued the following statement on today's attack of a mosque in the village of Deir Istiya:

“Houses of worship should be places of peace and tranquility. Cowardly attacks like today's are completely unjustified and entirely provocative.

“We note that Israel has pledged to bring those responsible for today's violence to justice; we hope that this can be done swiftly.”

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