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** OASIS OF PEACE UK – STATEMENT ON THE EVENTS IN CHRISTCHURCH, NEW ZEALAND

 

We were horrified by the news of the tragic events in Christchurch. We send our profound sympathies and solidarity to the families of those killed, and to those injured.

Executive Director Jack Omer-Jackaman said: “All the signs are that not only was this a cowardly attack on scores of innocent worshipers but that, in its motivation, it was a barbaric assault on the pluralism, tolerance and diversity for which New Zealand is justly renowned. At times like this, we are reminded of the necessity and urgency of the model of peace, equality and multiculturalism which we and our colleagues in ‘Neve Shalom-Wahat al-Salam’ in Israel work so hard to achieve. It is incumbent on us all to follow their example and devote ourselves to opposing the forces of violence, division and hatred. Events like the Christchurch massacre inspire us to redouble our efforts to support the ‘Oasis of Peace’.”