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A man leads two young boys into Friday prayers as Muslim worshippers arrive for prayer following the mosque attacks in New Zealand at the Islamic Center of Washington in Washington. Joshua Roberts/Reuters hide caption toggle caption Joshua Roberts/Reuters A man leads two young boys into Friday prayers as Muslim worshippers arrive for prayer following the…

A person leads two younger boys into Friday prayers as Muslim worshippers advance for prayer following the mosque attacks in Original Zealand at the Islamic Heart of Washington in Washington.

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A person leads two younger boys into Friday prayers as Muslim worshippers advance for prayer following the mosque attacks in Original Zealand at the Islamic Heart of Washington in Washington.

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As Original Zealand grapples with the aftermath of the assault on two Muslim congregations in Christchurch, the mass shootings on the diversified side of the enviornment accept struck danger thru Muslim-American communities and renewed requires action in opposition to the upward thrust of bigotry within the U.S.

Muslim-American citizens urged political leaders, local officials and tech firms to confront the alarming spread of detest and racism that in most modern years has ended in ratings of worshippers being slaughtered in spiritual institutions.

At a press conference in Washington, D.C., Friday, Council on American-Islamic Family members Executive Director Nihad Awad demanded President Trump unequivocally condemn the attacks, asserting his words and insurance policies “affect the lives of harmless of us at home and globally.”

Council on American-Islamic Family members (CAIR) Executive Director Nihad Awad to Pres. Trump:

“Your words matter. Your insurance policies matter … That you would possibly possibly possibly accept to calm condemn this no longer easiest as a detest crime, nonetheless as a white supremacist terrorist assault … Or no longer you can be in a position to must sentence this community as of late.” pic.twitter.com/xp6WjAbGs7

— MSNBC (@MSNBC) March 15, 2019

“That you would possibly possibly possibly accept to calm condemn this no longer easiest as a detest crime, nonetheless as a white supremacist terrorist assault,” Awad stated.

“Or no longer you can be in a position to must make certain all of us — Muslims, blacks, Jews, immigrants — that we are passable and also you is no longer going to tolerate any bodily violence in opposition to us because we are immigrants or we are minorities. Or no longer you can be in a position to must sentence this clearly as of late and also you enact no longer can accept to calm be obscure. That you would possibly possibly possibly accept to calm be very definite on this.”

The alleged shooter, who’s now in custody along with two others, reside-streamed the bloodbath over Facebook. Within the end, as a minimum forty nine of us were killed and one other forty eight are being handled in hospitals.

In writings outlining his beliefs, the Australian man described himself as a 28-yr-old claiming to picture Europeans and whites in a battle in opposition to immigrants — of us he steadily known as “invaders.” For the length of the screed, which he posted to several sources on-line, he cited his hatred for Islam and referred to the U.S. Structure’s 2nd Modification, arguing that makes an strive by the authorities to make a choice out away weapons will lead to civil war.

Awad of CAIR alluded to President Trump’s proclivity for hyper-nationalist and xenophobic rhetoric on the advertising and marketing campaign path and as president and placed some of the blame for the ambush in Original Zealand, at his feet.

“All over your presidency and all the draw thru your election advertising and marketing campaign, Islamophobia took a sharp upward thrust and attacks on harmless Muslims, harmless immigrants and mosques accept skyrocketed,” Awad stated. “We maintain you accountable for this rising anti-Muslim sentiment within the nation and in Europe, nonetheless also we enact no longer excuse those terrorist attackers in opposition to minorities at home and in a foreign nation.”

Equally, Muslim Advocates, a nationwide civil rights community, urged Trump to disavow the attackers and the white nationalist movement usually, which they negate invoke the president as an inspiration and a symbol of the white identification movement.

“Within the wake of this heartbreaking, anti-Muslim mass slaughter, it is definite that extra can accept to be performed to guard Muslims and all inclined communities from the very staunch dangers posed by detest and white nationalists. … It is miles time for President Trump, elected officials, legislation enforcement and tech firms to behave,” Farhana Khera, the community’s government director, stated in a assertion.

Khera renowned Trump’s 2017 comments following the deadly Unite the Correct rally in Charlottesville, Va., whereby the president referred to neo-Nazi and white nationalist protesters as “very effective-making an try of us.”

“This detest-filled assassin,” she stated, referring to the Christchurch shooter, “drew inspiration from Trump, and the white nationalist movement has renowned Trump’s words and insurance policies.”

With detest crimes motivated by anti-Muslim bigotry rising to historical ranges in most modern years within the U.S., Khera stated the FBI must “prioritize the prevention, detection, investigation and prosecution of simply-fly, white nationalist violence — primarily the most critical risk to public security in our nation as of late.”

Additionally, social media platforms and tech firms admire Facebook, Twitter and Google, which detest groups utilize to disseminate vile messages of prejudice and violence, and plan their membership, must enact extra to detect and shut down on-line objectionable sing, Khera stated.

Facebook hurried to make a choice out down the horrific video shooting the bloodshed in staunch time, as successfully as the alleged shooter’s Facebook and Instagram accounts. Nonetheless by the time it did so, there became tiny the corporate would possibly possibly well well enact to dwell recordsdata superhighway customers from re-importing the video to YouTube, Twitter, Reddit and diversified on-line platforms.

“The Original Zealand shooter became in a space to livestream a 17-minute video of his murderous rampage that continues to spread admire wildfire on-line. Right here’s flatly unacceptable. Tech firms must make a choice all steps doable to dwell one thing admire this from taking place as soon as more,” Khera stated.

Rabbi Elliot Cosgrove of the Park Avenue Synagogue in Original York Metropolis bought a huge bouquet of white vegetation to the Islamic Cultural Heart in Manhattan after the mass shootings at two Original Zealand mosques.

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Rabbi Elliot Cosgrove of the Park Avenue Synagogue in Original York Metropolis bought a huge bouquet of white vegetation to the Islamic Cultural Heart in Manhattan after the mass shootings at two Original Zealand mosques.

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Sen. Model Warner, (D- Va.), also pointed to the social media platforms as inadvertent facilitators of heinous ideology.

“The quick and huge-scale dissemination of this hateful sing — reside-streamed on Facebook, uploaded on YouTube and amplified on Reddit — exhibits how with out problems the ideal platforms can calm be misused,” Warner urged The Washington Post. “It is ever clearer that YouTube, in explain, has but to grapple with the role it has played in facilitating radicalization and recruitment.”

Twitter and Youtube accept both condemned the attacks and stated they are working to carry down any video of the taking pictures.

Trump on white nationalism

Talking to journalists on Friday afternoon, President Trump denied white nationalism poses an extra and extra harmful global risk.

“I focal level on it is a minute community of of us that accept very, very excessive problems, I order. If you happen to appear what took space in Original Zealand, possible that’s the case. I rep no longer know sufficient about it but…Nonetheless it completely’s certainly a shocking element,” he stated.

He made the remarks almost in an instant after signing the first veto of his presidency — a switch that allows him to show a nationwide emergency along the southern border and pump billions of greenbacks into the building of a wall, which he has stated is being overrun by criminals searching for to damage American citizens.

“Other folks detest the discover invasion, nonetheless that’s what it is,” Trump stated Friday.

Friday prayers

Muslims, who gathered for Friday prayers at mosques around the nation, were unified in their disaster over the tragedy and their refusal to be intimidated.

In Original York Metropolis, the Islamic Cultural Heart opened its door large, and spread prayer mats within the courtyard for an overflow crowd.

Reem Elsobky, a doctor visiting from Toronto, urged NPR she felt it became most essential to profit prayers at the mosque after studying about the carnage in Original Zealand “because we’re no longer going to be haunted to attain encourage to our prayer places.”

“All people can accept to calm if truth be told feel passable when they pray,” she stated.

Elsobky recalled a the same assault in Canada in 2017, when a gunman opened fire at a mosque in Quebec Metropolis. The memory calm haunts her. “Sadly, whenever I’m going to the mosque in Canada in downtown Toronto, I focal level on about it.”

“Manufacture I carry my teenagers or no longer?” she steadily wonders. Nonetheless within the end, she stated of us can accept to calm no longer be deterred by the likelihood of violence. “You cannot reside your life in danger.”

Burjan Ugural, a Original York Metropolis taxi driver, stated the shooters in Original Zealand ought to be thought about terrorists. “Fright has no nationality. Fright has no religion. No person can negate this is ‘Islamic scare,’ this is Catholic scare.’ Fright is scare.”

Faith leaders of diversified religions stopped by the mosque to give their condolences.

Rabbi Elliot Cosgrove of the inside sight Park Avenue Synagogue bought a huge bouquet of white vegetation. He stated his congregation hasn’t forgotten at the mass taking pictures at a synagogue in Pittsburgh closing yr.

“The Jewish community knows, with the Pittsburgh taking pictures, what it manner to accept the promise of synagogue ripped out from under you,” Cosgrove stated.

The Original York Police Department’s counterterrorism unit stationed heavily armed officers outdoors a different of Original York Metropolis mosques and diversified spiritual institutions on Friday.

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The Original York Police Department’s counterterrorism unit stationed heavily armed officers outdoors a different of Original York Metropolis mosques and diversified spiritual institutions on Friday.

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In Washington, D.C., Areeba Khan, an intern for Democratic Sen. Chris Coons of Delaware, attended the Friday prayer products and companies equipped at the Capitol.

“Or no longer it is a blessed day and to uncover that that came about, it if truth be told impacted me personally … it made me if truth be told feel if truth be told bowled over within the 2nd,” Khan urged NPR, along side that she found it comforting to be surrounded by people of the Muslim community.

Emad Alsagheer, a federal contractor for the Federal Commerce Payment, stated he first learned of the taking pictures when his buddy texted him the livestream video of the attacker. As an immigrant from Syria, he did no longer inquire of of events admire the Original Zealand assault to happen outdoors of war zones.

“I enact no longer inquire of of these items to in spite of the entirety happen in a calm community the place the of us are possible to be no longer in a war, or in a war zone,” Alsagheer stated. “I if truth be told left [Syria] because it became being bombed … I have been in very unsuitable scenarios, I witnessed tons of disagreeable things, nonetheless this became if truth be told a shock to me because I wasn’t ready to stare [the video].”

Heightened security

Regardless that Place of initiating Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen stated there are possible to be no longer any “recent, credible” threats in opposition to Muslim communities within the U.S., officials tightened security at mosques around the nation.

The Original York Police Department’s counterterrorism unit stationed heavily armed officers outdoors a different of Original York Metropolis mosques and diversified spiritual institutions.

“To the Muslim community here in unique York: we stand with you continuously, and we are in a position to dwell vigilant in maintaining you passable — and making definite you is at wretchedness of be feeling passable too,” Police Commissioner James O’Neill stated in a assertion.

The of us #NYPD serves, in each and every #NYC neighborhood, must continuously be free from danger & accept the immutable simply to adore & reside in peace. Together, NYers would possibly possibly well well no longer ever allow terrorists — who thrive on violence & danger — to threaten our of us or our values. My beefy assertion, here:⬇️ pic.twitter.com/XQqOSUgr2n

— Commissioner O’Neill (@NYPDONeill) March 15, 2019