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Announcement :: Terrorist Attack on Mosques in New Zealand

Triangle : 03-16-2019

Divan Center’s Statement on the Terrorist Attack on Mosques in New Zealand

As members of the Divan Center, we are gravely saddened to hear of the horrific events in Christchurch, New Zealand and solemnly condemn the heinous terrorist attacks on two mosques, which resulted in the death of 50 people. This act of terror is an attack on our common and universal values of humanity and is a reminder for us all that it is now more important than ever to stand in solidarity against violence, hatred, and terror, and work together to build a future free of such hate.

After the recent shootings in Pittsburgh and New Zealand, one can lose hope for humanity’s future and the universal values of love, compassion, acceptance and tolerance, but we are still hopeful for the contrary, as we observe the kindness New Zealanders and people from other countries show toward Muslims and other walks of faith. As one of the handwritten cards in New Zealand said “Love always wins over hate”.

In the wake of this heart-wrenching tragedy, we offer our heartfelt condolences to the families and friends of those who lost their lives and we pray for the fast recovery of those who were injured and are affected psychologically.

In the aftermath of the attacks, we would like to thank the members of Police Department who are committed to maintaining the safety and security of our community as well as others. We also extend our gratitude to the faith and non-religious communities who reached us and showed their heartfelt response. We are stronger together.

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