Jews express solidarity with New Zealand mosque shooting victims

Source: Jews express solidarity with New Zealand mosque shooting victims – Israel Hayom

New Zealand Jewish Council: “Sickened and devastated” by attacks • American Jewish Committee CEO David Harris: The answer is “unity, solidarity, and linked arms against evil” • PM Netanyahu: Israel “mourns the wanton murder of innocent worshippers.”

JNS and Israel Hayom Staff // published on 17/03/2019
A police officer stands guard in front of Al Noor mosque in Christchurch, New Zealand, Sunday 

The Jewish world stands in solidarity with the people of New Zealand after 50 people were killed and at least 50 injured, including children, in mass shootings at two mosques in the town of Christchurch on Friday in what the country’s prime minister, Jacinda Ardern, said marked “one of New Zealand’s darkest days.”

“The New Zealand Jewish Council has no adequate words to describe how sickened and devastated we are by the coordinated attacks on Christchurch mosques today,” Stephen Goodman, the president of the New Zealand Jewish Council told the Jewish Chronicle.

“Racist individuals imbued with pure hatred of Muslims have attacked normally peaceful New Zealand,” said American Jewish Committee CEO David Harris.

“Our hearts go out to the families of the victims of today’s unspeakable crime of mass murder.”

Harris added that “we in the United States have witnessed horrific attacks on houses of worship, including churches, mosques and synagogues. No one is fully protected from violent hatemongers. We are truly saddened that this same hatred has emerged so violently in New Zealand. The answer must be unity, solidarity and linked arms against evil.”

“I would like to express my horror and revulsion at the terrorist attacks which have targeted people attending two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand today during Friday prayers,” said World Jewish Congress president Ronald S. Lauder.

“I extend my deepest condolences to the family and loved ones of the victims, and to the people of New Zealand. We must redouble efforts to combat hatred and division in our societies, from wherever it emanates.”

Zionist Organization of America National President Morton A. Klein and Chairman Mark Levenson wrote that they “condemn with all our hearts the horrific murder of 49 innocent Muslims while at prayer,” and sent their “heartfelt condolences to their families and friends.”

Police said that four people were taken into custody. One man, who is reported to be in his late 20s and from Australia, has been charged with murder and will appear in court in Christchurch on Saturday. The gunman reportedly posted a white-nationalist manifesto on social media prior to the attack.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Twitter that Israel “mourns the wanton murder of innocent worshippers in Christchurch and condemns the brazen act of terror in New Zealand.”


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