JCRC Horrified by Terrorist Attacks on New Zealand Mosques

March 15, 2019 — 9:10 AM

Minneapolis, MN – Steve Hunegs, executive director of the Jewish Community Relations Council of Minnesota and the Dakotas (JCRC), issued the following statement:

“The Jewish Community Relations Council of Minnesota and the Dakotas (JCRC) condemns the terrorist attacks against two mosques in New Zealand killing at least 49 people and wounding dozens more. We are devastated by these unthinkable acts of violence, and we send our condolences to the families of the victims as well as to our local Muslim community.

“Attacking people at prayer is a particularly heinous act and it is our most fervent belief that all worshipers be safe in their most sacred spaces.

“These anti-Islamic terror attacks, apparently perpetrated by a self-described anti-immigrant, fascist, white-supremacist, demand that we redouble our efforts to fight hate in every corner of the world and with every means.

“The Muslim community is an integral part of our diverse and democratic society. We stand in solidarity with our Muslim neighbors.

“In October 2018, the JCRC hired its first full-time Director of Community Security, Dan Plekkenpol. For thirty years, Dan served with the Plymouth Police Department and for the past decade as their Deputy Chief.  Dan is not only a resource for the Jewish community, but for our other local faith partners as well. We offer Dan’s security guidance and expertise to our local mosques and Islamic centers during these troubling times.”

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As the public affairs voice of the Jewish community, the JCRC fights anti-Semitism and prejudice, advocates for Israel, provides Holocaust education, promotes tolerance and social justice, and builds bridges across the Jewish and broader communities.