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Faith leaders unite to remember dead

by Sarah McGoldrick
11/7/2005

Leaders of different faiths came together earlier today in a show of unity to remember the victims of last week's terrorist attacks on London.

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Sikh leader Jagevan Singh Rihal signs the book watched by culture secretary Tessa Jowell and London mayor Ken Livingstone.

A book of condolence was signed this morning by faith and political leaders at a sombre ceremony in London's City Hall.

London Mayor Ken Livingstone was the first to pen his tribute. His message included the line: “The city will endure.”

Livingstone was as joined with by culture secretary Tessa Jowell and representatives from Islamic, Christian, Hindu, Sikh and
Jewish faiths.

Rabbi Herschel Gluck told Blink: “Solidarity between different faiths will send the message out to terrorists that it is not acceptable to use 'religious reasons' in the name of terror.”

quest for peace

Livingstone today announced a new fund to help the victims of last Thursday's bombs which is expected to claim over 70 lives, and has injured 700.

Ken Livingstone and Tessa Jowell lead the tributes
Ken Livingstone and Tessa Jowell lead the tributes.

The appeal is being run jointly with the Red Cross. Donations can be made on the Red Cross website or by calling 08705 125 125.

Karen Chouhan, chief executive of The 1990 Trust, wrote in the condolence book: “The 1990 Trust vows that we will work to ensure that race is never an issue in combating terrorism.

“We stand united, Black and White, religious and secular in our quest for peace and justice. Our hearts are with the bereaved and victims. May their Gods be with them”

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Jeff Porter, the driver of the bombed Edgware Road train and who is receiving counselling, said the terrorist attack had not changed his mind about Muslim communities.

Livingstone signs the book watched by Met commissioner Sir Ian Blair
Livingstone signs the book watched by Met commissioner Sir Ian Blair, Lord Coe, Sir Iqbal Sacranie and others.

Porter, a driver for 18 years, has been hailed a hero for his role in leading passengers to safety. He told Blink: “I socialise in a multicultural group, with people from all different
backgrounds.

“The attack on the London underground will not change my
attitude towards Muslim communities of ethnic minority groups.”

Porter said he was not sure what had happened when the bomb exploded. He said he felt like the luckiest man alive.

“From my experience, it never occurred to me for one moment that it could have been a terrorist attack, but simply an electrical fault.”

defiance

Livingstone called on Londoners to observe a two-minute silence at noon on Thursday in memory of those who were killed or maimed in last week's attack. There will also be a mass vigil in Trafalgar Square at 6pm on Thursday.

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Speaking today Livingstone said: “'I want everyone who can to come out of their workplaces and homes onto the streets of London to remember those who died and to show their complete defiance of the terrorists.”

Anil Bhanot, the General Secretary of the Hindu council, said: “We're standing up and together against terrorists doing it in the name of
God. They cannot divide us on that issue.”

Jowell wrote in the condolence book: “The strength of London and her people is in diversity and tolerance. Our deepest sympathy is with the grieving families.”

The leader of London's successful Olympic bid, Lord Coe, also signed the book of condolence, before laying flowers in the garden in a quiet ceremony at Victoria Embankment Gardens.

Westminster City Council said the garden is one of its prettiest and includes an historic Indian bean tree planted by the Queen in 1953 to mark her accession to the throne.

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