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.
Rabbi Eli Garfinkel, Temple Beth El, 908-616-6995 firstname.lastname@example.org
Alan Respler. Jewish Catholic Muslim Dialogue of So. NJ, 856-424-4944, JCMFacilitator@gmail.com
Henry Maurer, Catholic Jewish Commission, 856-667-7285, email@example.com
David Snyder, Jewish Community Relations Council of So. NJ, 856-673-2524, firstname.lastname@example.org
Sharon Culley, Somerset Presbyterian Church, email@example.com
David Jahnke, Fanwood Presbyterian Church, firstname.lastname@example.org
Patricia Sandrow, Jewish Catholic Muslim Dialogue of So. NJ, 856-424-6059, email@example.com
Fr. Joseph Wallace, Catholic Jewish Commission, 609-522-2709, firstname.lastname@example.org
Interfaith Advocates & Others
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