Posted on March 15, 2019 in Press Releases


March 15, 2019

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WASHINGTON, DC – The following is a statement from Arab American Institute Executive Director Maya Berry on the fatal mass shootings at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, in which at least 49 worshippers were killed in horrific acts of xenophobic, anti-Muslim violence: 

We are called once more to condemn an unspeakable act of hatred. Today's atrocities in Christchurch are a devastating reminder of the burgeoning, unbridled threat of white supremacist and white nationalist violence.  

Here in the United States, too little has been done to address this threat. Instead, some of our elected officials have capitalized on fear and division for political gain, fomenting hatred with corrosive rhetoric and discriminatory policies. We must do better, lest such devastating acts continue to unfold in American communities and abroad. 

We mourn for the victims, their families and communities, and the people of New Zealand. 


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