Family of youngest Boston Marathon bombing victim oppose movies about the attack

Relatives of Martin Richard, the 8-year-old murdered in the Boston Marathon bombing, oppose upcoming films and a play about the attack, an Associated Press article of November 25, 2015 states.  Two movies, a play and an HBO documentary are all planned.

Several survivors of the bombing share their mixed feelings in the article.

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9/11 Families Speak out on Terrorism in the Sinai, Lebanon and France – A message re JASTA from 9/11 Families & Survivors United for Justice Against Terrorism

September 11th widow Terry Strada, National Chair of 9/11 Families & Survivors United for Justice Against Terrorism, writes in the November 24 issue of the Huffington Post about the urgent need to pass The Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act, S.2040/H.R.3815, aka JASTA.

Some of her words are below; the rest can be found here.

Since 9/11, we have learned about many different ways to fight radical Islamic terrorism. One very effective way is to cut off their money – bankrupt them. The 9/11 families & survivors war on terror is a war on the financiers. We must hold accountable the wealthy paymasters from the Middle East – the states and bankers who continue to fund mass murder to ensure their positions of power remain unscathed.

We also need strong leadership in our government. If we are going to eradicate ISIS once and for all, it’s time we take a hard look at what is fueling its growth: money. It’s time to deal with who funds the radical Islamists and their sworn Jihad against America no matter who they may be or what country they come from.

….Congress should focus their attention on The Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act, S.2040/H.R.3815, (“JASTA“).

JASTA is a nonpartisan bill with strong bipartisan support in both Chambers of Congress. It’s sponsors maintain that the effect of the legislation is to provide a path to justice for victims of terrorism and deter future attacks by holding the financiers responsible for the role they play in giving material and logistical support for terrorist attacks on American soil. Money is the lifeblood of terrorism. Holding the funders liable is a strong deterrent and one we should not be afraid to use. JASTA is about keeping America safe.

I urge each and every American to call your Senators and Representatives and ask them to support S.2040/H.R.3815, the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act. Our national security depends on it.

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Fostering curiosity – the Jérôme Lohez 9/11 Scholarship Foundation

Qi Xijia in the November 24 edition of the Global Times tells of the awards that the 2015 recipients of the Jérôme Lohez 9/11 Scholarship Foundation received from Axel Cruau, the Consul General of France in Shanghai.

Dening Lohez, the widow of Jérôme Robert Lohez, 30, one of five French nationals killed in the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, established the Scholarship Foundation in her late husband’s memory to promote educational and cultural exchanges between the US, France and China.

“Following the terrorist attacks in Paris, Lohez said her concern about cross-cultural understanding has been renewed. “It made me rethink my foundation’s mission and meaning. What does international education exchange mean? I think it means to foster curiosity so that students can search for common values.”

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