Ansari Institute statement on mass shooting at Christchurch mosques

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The Ansari Institute condemns the attack on Friday worshipers at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, on Friday March 15, 2019. We offer our condolences to all those affected directly and indirectly, in the Pacific and around the world. We cannot allow the shock of this horrific act of violence, which aims to divide us, slow our efforts to come together. At this historical moment when voices that promote hate and violence instantly cross the globe, we cannot hesitate to counter divisive voices and, with deep sadness but renewed resolve, rededicate ourselves to fostering peaceful and just communities that derive strength from diversity.…

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Ansari Institute statement on mass shooting at Pittsburgh synagogue

Author: Ansari Institute

The Ansari Institute condemns the October 27 shooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue. We mourn with friends and relatives of the eleven worshippers killed by gunfire, and stand in solidarity with all Jews in Pittsburgh, across the nation, and around the world. At a historical moment when ethno-religious nationalism is rising, and we see more and more anti-Semitic and anti-Muslim rhetoric, it is tragic but not surprising that the gunman, who “wanted all Jews to die,” also was outraged that HIAS, the global Jewish non-profit that protects refugees, had aided displaced Muslims and migrants of other faiths. Evidence suggests the assailant shot the worshippers because HIAS is resettling “invaders” that “kill our people.” But, for us, all …

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