On behalf of a broad multi-faith coalition of more than 120 organizations throughout New Jersey, we strongly condemn the suicide bombing in Kabul that killed 80 and injured 200 civilians as ISIS suicide bombers targeted peaceful protest by Hazaras, the largest minority community in Afghanistan. This was one of the deadliest attacks in Afghanistan since 2001.
We also mourn the loss of at least 18 lives and 23 others who sustained injuries in a powerful explosion in Diyala, Iraq on Monday, July 25th. Also, at least 662 Iraqis have been killed just in June.
Further, we cannot forget the victims of the Ansbach (Germany) suicide bomber who had pledged allegiance to ISIS and the latest heinous attack by ISIS sympathizers resulting in the brutal murder of a priest during Church services in France. It is important to note that the vast majority of the victims of ISIS and other terrorist attacks are Muslims.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims of terrorism everywhere. We offer our heartfelt condolences to the families of the victims and ask God to give them strength, patience, comfort and hope through this difficult time. We commit to come together to help stop the killings everywhere!
We invite all mosques, churches, synagogues and other faith-based organizations to join us in this statement and work together to find more effective ways to help combat the causes of terror.
The list of organizations supporting this statement will be provided upon request. If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to any of the following contacts.
Dr. M. Ali Chaudry, Islamic Society of Basking Ridge 908-672-1798 email@example.com
Asghar (Alex) Kharazi, Masjid-e-Ali 732-735-3371 firstname.lastname@example.org
Jimmy Small (Salaam), Muslim League of Voters of NJ 973-580-4798 email@example.com
James Sues, CAIR-NJ 908.267.3119 firstname.lastname@example.org
Mahmood Alam, American Muslims for Democracy 732-874-3705 email@example.com
Salaheddin Mustafa, Islamic Center of Passaic County 973-818-0313 Mustodean2002@yahoo.com
Sameerah Diaab, Muslim League of Voters of NJ 908-531-9141 Sameerahdiaab@yahoo.com
Reb Deb Smith, Rabbi Or Ha Lev Jewish Renewal Community, (908) 303-8374 firstname.lastname@example.org
Rabbi Eli Garfinkel, Temple Beth El, 908-616-6995 email@example.com
Alan Respler. Jewish Catholic Muslim Dialogue of So. NJ, 856-424-4944, JCMFacilitator@gmail.com
Henry Maurer, Catholic Jewish Commission, 856-667-7285, firstname.lastname@example.org
David Snyder, Jewish Community Relations Council of So. NJ, 856-673-2524, email@example.com
Sharon Culley, Somerset Presbyterian Church, firstname.lastname@example.org
David Jahnke, Fanwood Presbyterian Church, email@example.com
Patricia Sandrow, Jewish Catholic Muslim Dialogue of So. NJ, 856-424-6059, firstname.lastname@example.org
Fr. Joseph Wallace, Catholic Jewish Commission, 609-522-2709, email@example.com
Interfaith Advocates & Others
Joe Ritacco, firstname.lastname@example.org, 732-739-5282, the Monmouth Center for World Religions and Ethical Thought, Monmouth County
Farhat Biviji, Jewish Catholic Muslim Dialogue of So. NJ, 856-428-5867, email@example.com
Zahida Rahman, Jewish Catholic Muslim Dialogue of So. NJ, 856-784-2738, firstname.lastname@example.org