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0202 – Points of View from Jerusalem

News Digest: Jerusalemites Respond to the New Zealand Massacre


"Tonight [17.3.19]!
An interfaith prayer in front of the New Zealand embassy to show our solidarity in the face of the abominable hate crime. Muslims, Christians and Jews, we will pray together for peace and mutual respect in the face of murder and hate.

[Selected comments:]

– "Where will the interfaith gathering in memory of the victims of the Muslim terror attack that happened today [1] be held?"
– ”It would make me glad if the Chief Rabbis of Israel took part in this prayer.”
– "You're great."
– "A terrific idea."

▶️ Source: Tag Meir [2]


"Pictures of the Palestinians at the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque carrying out Friday prayers and absentee prayers [3] for the souls of the dead to commemorate the victims of the massacre in the two mosques in New Zealand.

# Terrorism in New Zealand
# The New Zealand massacre."

▶️ Source: Jerusalem First

"It was reported that Muhammad Ata Alian, who is the founder of the Al-Nour mosque in New Zealand, and his son Ata Muhammad Alian from Abu Dis, died as martyrs from their wounds in the terrorist attack that took place this morning in two mosques in the city of Christchurch. May Allah have mercy on them and accept them as he accepts the Prophets, the honest and the martyrs [4]. "

[Selected comments:]
– "Allah will have mercy on them."
– "May Allah have mercy on them and accept them next to Him alongside the Prophets and Martyrs… From Allah we come and to which we return."

▶️ Source: Mukaber Net

"The question that is currently asked is what would have happened if the martyrs of the mosques in New Zealand were not Muslims??? And what would have happened if the murderer was a Muslim???
I ask myself and answer myself that first of all, the murderer would not have survived until now, and you know the rest. And what is beautiful is that people tell you not to take it as a war against Islam. So a war against who is it exactly?!!! "

[Selected comments:]

– "If the terrorist Crusader Trent would not have documented his crime live, they would have accused the Muslims…"
– "There is a criminal Crusader resentment throughout history from the Crusades against the East … Their crimes continue to this day .. God will win."
-"If the terrorist was a Muslim and the victims were infidels, the Arab leaders would immediately begin to denounce them and [say] 'this is a terrorist' and so on (the leadership is in the dustbin of history).
-"So you have forgotten all the Muslims who died in Syria and throughout the country and instead payed your attention to this mosque? Be silent, better for you."
-[reply:] "Injustice is injustice wherever it is. The fact that we have expressed solidarity and raised the issue of these martyrs does not stop or contradict our solidarity with what is happening to Muslims in all regions of the world."
-"In the name of Allah, the merciful [5]: ' Never will the Jews nor the Christians be pleased with you till you follow their religion' [From Qura'an, Surah Al-Baqarah, verse 120]

▶️ Beit Hanina- Jerusalem


'A white male shot at dozens of worshipers at mosques in two separate locations in the town of Christchurch in New Zealand.
A eyewitness, who lives next to the mosque, told Reuters that he saw a man dressed in black enter the Al-Noor Mosque located in the center of Christchurch at about 1:45 and, after that, heard dozens of shots fired and saw people running out of the mosque. The eyewitness added that the armed man exited the mosque and threw, what seemed to be, a semi-automatic weapon and fled the scene.
“I saw people dying all over, 3 in the corridor and next to the door that leads into the mosque and people inside the mosque. This is crazy, unbelievable. I don't understand how someone can do this to other people it's horrifying” says the eyewitness.
More than 40 people were murdered according to reports from New Zealand.
According to AP, the shooter left a manifest in which he details his stance against the Islamic immigration and explains why he chose to resort to murder.
[New Zealand] PM Jacinda Ardern, said this is “one of the darkest days in New Zealand's history”.
The police advised people planning to attend mosque that they should rather stay home and lock the doors as there is a possibility of additional shooters still on the loose.
As of now, the shooters are still at large and have yet to be apprehended.'

▶️ Source: BeHadrei Haredim
0202 Editor's Notes:
[1] On the 17.3.19, a Palestinian shot three Israelis in the West Bank, killing one and injuring the other two critically.
[2] Tag Meir Forum is an organization whose mission is to (as self-described): “educate for tolerance and empathy, and create public events to raise the voice of those committed to democratic values.”
[3] Absentee prayer is a funeral prayer performed upon a dead Muslim if they die in another country.
[4] This is a saying one says after someone passes away, much like, rest in peace.
[5] A saying before starting to read/say any Qura'an verse.

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