He said he wanted the world to know that nowhere in the world will be safe: This threat is from a white nationalist!
Two Mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand were attacked in act of terror yesterday, killing 49 people and seriously injuring another 20. A man in his late 20’s has been arrested and charged with murder. Authorities found an 87-page manifesto filled with anti-immigrant, anti-Muslim attacks.
In this Manifesto a clear motive is revealed: The eradication of those he believes are invaders. It talks a lot about the idea of invasion, that Muslim migrants are invading white Western countries. He talks about the birth rate, the idea of replacement, that white culture is being replaced. We’ve heard such words coming from the President of the United States. We’ve heard them coming from far-right governments in Europe, whether it be Italy, whether it be Hungary. We have heard these word!
Nihad Awad, national executive director Council on American-Islamic Relations, urged Muslims in the US to worship today — an important day of prayer for Muslims — without fear. He says he is confident local and federal authorities are doing all they can to protect mosques.
“Today is a Friday, and Friday is the weekly prayer for Muslims nationwide,” he said at a news conference. “Millions of people who are Muslim will be in mosques in the next couple of hours, concerned and fearful about their lives, that someone might come and hurt them.”
Awad said those who incite violence want Muslims to be fearful.
African Human Rights Coalition:
Melanie Nathan, Executive Director of African Human Rights Coalition, issues this statement:
From African HRC we extend our deepest sympathy to the families of those slaughtered while in worship at Christchurch, and to the Muslim community in New Zealand and around the world.
There is nothing more insidious than having one’s life taken so viciously in one’s place of prayer, where one expects the freedom to worship in safety and without fear. This is terrorism.
This attack was clearly the result of the emboldening of white supremacy through calls for white nationalism. It is no secret that the President of the United States of America, Donald Trump, has introduced anti-Muslim policy with a barrage of ongoing rhetoric, that underpins the increasing hate against Muslims here in the United States. The problem of Islamophobia has been on the rise since the time of the U.S. aMuslim travel bans, with which the ongoing rhetoric is specifically designed to create fear, which leads to this hatred. It is now clear that this license to hate and act on it permeates the global stage too.
We join our Muslim communities in the calls for unity against any and all hateful ideology, and in prayer for the comfort and healing of those who lost loved ones and those injured in the terrorist attack.
NIAC Condemns Horrific Attacks on Christchurch Mosques
Jamal Abdi, President of the National Iranian American Council (NIAC), issued the following statement after the Islamophobia-driven attacks on two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand:
We are shocked and outraged by the unconscionable terrorist attacks on the al Noor and Linwood mosques in Christchurch yesterday, which claimed the lives of 49 and injured dozens more. We relay our deepest sympathies to the family and friends of those taken in this tragedy, and mourn alongside the Muslim community and all those who are shocked by this inhumane act of evil.
This attack is yet another reminder that fanning the flames of Islamophobia, white nationalism, and anti-Muslim sentiment is profoundly dangerous. Unfortunately, the U.S. now has a President that is a global leader in spreading such bigotry and who has failed on numerous occasions to halt his hateful rhetoric and the policies that are inspired by it. We reiterate our call for Donald Trump to make a clean break from his white nationalist and Islamophobic roots and condemn in the strongest possible terms the vile acts of terror that spring from such hatred.
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