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USNew Zealand mosque killings raise fears among US Muslims

01:50  16 march  2019
01:50  16 march  2019 Source:   thehill.com

Shots fired at New Zealand mosque, some casualties, witness tells media

Shots fired at New Zealand mosque, some casualties, witness tells media New Zealand police deployed armed officers in central Christchurch on Friday after reports that several shots had been fired, police said, and witnesses at a mosque told media of several casualties. People in center of the city should stay indoors, police said. Police officials did not immediately comment on whether the incident took place in the mosque or nearby. There is no official confirmation on casualties. Media said shots had been fired near a mosque and a witness told broadcaster One News that he had seen three people lying on the ground, bleeding outside the building.

The man said to be behind the deadly New Zealand mosque shootings is an Australian who The attacks on two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand claimed 40 lives, Prime Minister Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison confirmed that an Australian national was among the detained suspects.

It was the worst ever mass killing in New Zealand which raised its security threat level to the highest, Ardern “ We were not chosen for this act of violence because we condone racism, because we are enclave All mosques in New Zealand had been asked to shut their doors and post armed guards

New Zealand mosque killings raise fears among US Muslims© Getty Images New Zealand mosque killings raise fears among US Muslims Islamic communities across the United States were on heightened alert Friday on the heels of horrific mass shootings at a pair of New Zealand mosques said to be orchestrated by a white supremacist targeting Muslims.

Law enforcement officials in a host of major cities - including New York, Houston and Washington, D.C. - bolstered security at regional mosques and other Islamic centers; congressional lawmakers pronounced their solidarity with America's Muslims; and Islamic leaders across the country urged vigilance, but also defiance, as the apparent hate-crime sent shockwaves around the globe.

White House condemns 'vicious act of hate' in New Zealand mosque attacks

White House condemns 'vicious act of hate' in New Zealand mosque attacks The White House on Friday condemned the mass shootings at mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, that left at least 49 people dead. "The United States strongly condemns the attack in Christchurch. Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families," press secretary Sarah Sanders said in a statement Friday morning. She continued, "We stand in solidarity with the people of New Zealand and their government against this vicious act of hate.

We should have security inside the mosque , it could be anyone coming in. “ We don’t discriminate against other religions so anyone can come in. She added: “First it was the Finsbury Park attack and now New Zealand . With the rise in Islamophobia it is important for the Muslim community to feel safe.

‘They are us ’. New Zealand police said 49 people had died and more than 40 were wounded. Sadiq Khan, the first Muslim mayor of London, said Londoners stood shoulder to shoulder with the people of Christchurch. He also pointed his finger at those who promote religious hatred

"Millions of people who are Muslim will be in mosques over the next couple of hours, concerned and fearful about their lives, that someone might come and hurt them," Nihad Awad, executive director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), a Muslim advocacy group, said Friday at a press conference in Washington.

"They have very legitimate fears, and they are being told to be afraid by white supremacists and political leaders who believe in white supremacy," he continued. "And we tell our community: do not be afraid, and do not abandon your mosques. Not today; not ever."

That message was amplified by lawmakers on Capitol Hill, who expressed their horror with appeals for tenacity.

White House aide says unfair to tie mosque shooter to Trump

White House aide says unfair to tie mosque shooter to Trump A top White House official says it's unfair to cast the alleged New Zealand mosque shooter as a supporter of President Donald Trump based on one reference to Trump in a manifesto the suspect released before the attack. Acting chief of staff Mick Mulvaney tells "Fox News Sunday" that the shooter was a "disturbed individual" and "evil person." Mulvaney says attempts to tie the shooter to any American politician "probably ignores some of the deeper difficulties that this sort of activity exposes." © REUTERS/Jorge Silva Muslims are seen near a police line outside Masjid Al Noor mosque in Christchurch, New Zealand, March 17, 2019.

Breaking: CAIR Condemns Terror Attack on New Zealand Mosques , Urges Stepped-Up Security by Muslim Communities in U . S ., Worldwide In the aftermath, the country's threat level was raised from low to high, police warned Muslims against going to a mosque anywhere in New Zealand , and the

What we saw in New Zealand is what happens when a white male has had enough. From my interactions with the public in my role as a Journalist, I can tell you most assuredly, there are MANY MANY MORE white males who are nearing their point of having had enough. If the leftists of political

"This is concerning that a community that is an integral part of New York City has to be so fearful because of bigotry and hate," Rep. Adriano Espaillat (D-N.Y.), who represents the Bronx, said Friday by phone from his district.

"There's a lot of copycats out there, and there are many people who are just racist and hateful that will try to intimidate," he continued. "And so we must be vigilant - that's my message. Continue to live your life the way we all live our lives in New York: unafraid."

Not everyone is heeding the advice.

Imam Muhammad Musri, the president of American Islam who represents 10 mosques in central Florida, said he met Friday morning with law enforcers, who gave assurances there was no known threat to his congregations. Even so, Musri estimated the drop-off in attendance at Friday's prayer services was 15 or 20 percent.

"There's a lot of anxiety and fear, and quite a few people expressed that they don't want to go to the mosque today, just in case there are copycats," he said. "And they felt, better to be safe than sorry."

Amy Klobuchar after New Zealand attack: Trump's 'rhetoric doesn't help'

Amy Klobuchar after New Zealand attack: Trump's 'rhetoric doesn't help' Minnesota Democratic Sen. Amy Klobuchar said President Donald Trump's rhetoric exacerbated tensions and called for him to condemn bigotry against Muslims. require(["medianetNativeAdOnArticle"], function (medianetNativeAdOnArticle) { medianetNativeAdOnArticle.getMedianetNativeAds(true); }); "I don't think you can actually take each of the murderous acts and say what role Donald Trump played, but I can tell you this: his rhetoric doesn't help," Klobuchar said on CNN's "State of the Union" Sunday.

US mosques were on high alert on Friday after a terrorist attack on Muslim worshippers at mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand , overnight left We don’t need to be a community that’s living in perpetual fear or despair.” Walid is also the executive director of the Michigan chapter of Cair, and a member of

Fears relating to sectarianism among Muslims have resurfaced following the attack on a mosque in the small Western Cape town of Malmesbury on Among those who support the Cape Accord are former Western Cape premier Ebrahim Rasool and several mosques in cities including Cape Town

Musri said law enforcers are planning walk throughs of the mosques, to lend advice on bolstering existing protections, including more cameras and security personnel - measures that were strengthened once before, following the 2016 Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando.

"Sometimes you get to a point where you wonder what else can we do," he said. "This is not a prison, this is a public place for worship. And we try to keep it open welcoming anyone and everyone."

Awad said he has "full confidence" in local and federal law enforcement agencies to protect Islamic communities amid heightened concerns of another attack - an issue that's been scrutinized in recent years following similar shootings targeting minority worshipers in the United States. The list of victims includes Sikhs at a Wisconsin temple; African Americans at a historic church in South Carolina; and Jews at a Synagogue in Pittsburgh. And local officials on Friday were leaving nothing to chance.

In New York, Mayor Bill de Blasio ordered New York police to be "out in force" at mosques and other Muslim gathering spots Friday morning. In Houston, Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez stepped up patrols around Muslim centers of worship "out of an abundance of caution." In Washington, D.C. Police Chief Peter Newsham vowed "special attention at all of our religious institutions." And the list goes on.

The Latest: NZ imam preparing for emotional Friday prayer

The Latest: NZ imam preparing for emotional Friday prayer An imam says he's expecting thousands of people at an emotional Friday prayer in Christchurch, New Zealand, a week after a gunman killed 50 people at two mosques. 

Islam in New Zealand is a minority religious affiliation. Small numbers of Muslim immigrants from South Asia and eastern Europe settled in New Zealand from the early 1900s until the 1960s.

Chat with us in Facebook Messenger. Find out what's happening in the world as it unfolds. And the Rohingya crisis has raised fears among other Muslims in Myanmar, even though they Khin Maung, an imam at 59th Street Mosque , says he doesn't fear for his own family but does worry about Muslim

"There's no credible threat here in the United States," Newsham told a local NBC television station. "[But] one of the things we have to do is make our Muslim community in particular feel comfortable."

Friday's shooting at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, left at least 49 people dead, while another 48, including young children, were being treated for injuries of varying degrees at Christchurch Hospital, according to the head of the region's health board.

In response, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern raised the country's security threat level to high, and officials are warning worshippers to avoid mosques. Ardern characterized the tragedy as "one of New Zealand's darkest days."

New Zealand law enforcers are holding four people - three men and one woman - in connection to the massacre, including an Australian man who's been charged with murder. That suspect appears to have posted a 74-page manifesto online just before the shooting in which he attacked non-white immigrants as "invaders" and expressed hopes of starting a global race war.

He also invoked President Trump as an inspiration, calling the president "a symbol of renewed white identity and common purpose." He was more critical of Trump's leadership skills.

Joining other world leaders, Trump roundly condemned the attacks, offering his "warmest sympathy ... after the horrible massacre" and vowing "any assistance the U.S.A. can give."

People with hate "will never be successful," says mom and widow of New Zealand victims

People with hate The first victims of last Friday's mosque attacks in New Zealand were buried Wednesday. Among them were two men who fled the civil war in Syria. One of the mosques is now being cleaned so Friday prayers can be held. require(["medianetNativeAdOnArticle"], function (medianetNativeAdOnArticle) { medianetNativeAdOnArticle.getMedianetNativeAds(true); }); One worshiper, Ambreen Rashid, said she still has faith. But it would be more than understandable if she did cry: Her husband and son were both among the 50 killed. "I have love in my heart. So I'm happy and contented. You can't see me crying," she said.

Overall, Muslims in the United States perceive a lot of discrimination against their religious group These are among the key findings of Pew Research Center’s new survey of U . S . Muslims We also have in common our shared humanity. … We ’re all struggling to earn, pay our taxes and raise our kids.

While the Muslim minority is buffeted by outbreaks of mob violence and places of worship have been shuttered, a small but vocal group of nationalists say the fledgling government of Aung San Suu Kyi is failing to stand up for the Buddhist majority. In the early hours of Thursday

Yet many Muslim and human rights activists say the president didn't go far enough. Groups that monitor hate crimes say there's been a notable increase in such attacks since Trump took the White House. And they attribute the jump, at least in part, to the president's tough talk against undocumented immigrants and episodes like the deadly white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Va., in 2017, when Trump alluded to "fine people" on both sides of the debate.

Richard Cohen, president of the Southern Poverty Law Center, said such comments have only cultured an environment that leads to violent attacks like that in New Zealand, and he encouraged policymakers to begin treating white supremacy as a global terrorist threat, akin to that of the Islamic State.

"This hatred is even being amplified by our own president, who speaks of an 'invasion of our country,'" Cohen said.

And Awad, of CAIR, went a step further, saying Trump is "responsible" for "the growing anti-Muslim sentiment" around the globe. He urged the president to denounce the white supremacist movement in no uncertain terms.

"Mr. Trump, your words matter, your policies matter," Awad said. "You need to condemn this clearly today, and you do not need to be vague."

White House counselor Kellyanne Conwaysaid earlier Friday that the suspect was "wrong" to call Trump a symbol of "white identity" and called the shooter "evil."

"He's wrong. The shooter is an evil, hateful person. He's wrong about that," Conway told reporters at the White House.

According to CAIR, there were roughly 2,600 reported anti-Muslim incidents across the United States in 2017, up 17 percent from the year before. And the SPLC identified a record-high 1,020 hate groups operating nationwide in 2018, up from 917 two years earlier.

A week after shootings, hundreds form human chain around New Zealand mosque

A week after shootings, hundreds form human chain around New Zealand mosque Hundreds of people gathered outside a mosque in Wellington, New Zealand, and locked arms to form a human chain, in a symbolic act of protection of the Muslim community during Friday prayer. require(["medianetNativeAdOnArticle"], function (medianetNativeAdOnArticle) { medianetNativeAdOnArticle.getMedianetNativeAds(true); }); The move came as New Zealanders mourn the 50 victims of mass shootings at two Christchurch mosques on March 15, in a national day of reflection to mark a week since the terror attack.

CreditChristopher Lee for The New York Times. The killings have been deeply unsettling for this working-class neighborhood, home to immigrants Many of the worshipers at the mosque are among the wave of immigrants from Bangladesh who have moved to a stretch straddling the border between

United States . 1922. Mother Mosque of America ( Moslem Temple). Ross, North Dakota. United States . 1934. Islam in New Zealand : the first mosque : a short history of the New Zealand Muslim Association & the Ponsonby Mosque .

On Capitol Hill, Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle rushed out statements reviling the New Zealand shooting - some with warnings that it may inspire similar attacks at home.

"I know that my fellow Muslims around the world are fearful of this, so I'm thankful that law enforcement and the intelligence community are on high alert," Rep. Andre Carson (D-Ind.), one of three Muslim lawmakers currently in Congress, said in an email. "For too long, we have not felt fully comfortable practicing and living out our faith - and that's profoundly unjust."

Carson suggested lawmakers can play a greater role in discouraging bigoted violence, noting that Indiana is currently pushing for tougher hate-crime law.

The issue is hardly new on Capitol Hill. Just last week, House lawmakers had united to pass a sweeping resolution condemning all forms of hate - a response to recent comments from Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) considered by many to be anti-Semitic. Lawmakers are hoping the carefully crafted legislation will set the tenor of the conversations to come - in the Capitol and outside of it. The New Zealand shooting has given them another unpleasant reason to come together.

"The antidote to this latest wave of hate and terror is solidarity," said Rep. Jennifer Wexton (D), who represents a northern Virginia district where more than 6 percent of the population is Muslim.

"It's on all of us to reject this dangerous ideology, but especially our leaders and lawmakers."

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