Statement on Recent Hate Crimes

Islamic Society of Western Mass . 377 Amostown Rd. WestSpringfield,MA
April 28, 2019

Multiple, Events of Hate, and Violent Attacks on places of Worship.

The Islamic Society of Western Mass. condemns the violent attack on worshippers in the synagogue of Poway, California. on April, 27. We offer our sincerest condolences to the family and friends of the slain, and we pray for those who were injured. We stand firmly in solidarity with the Jewish community in Poway and throughout our nation. The synagogue shooter has also admitted to having set fire to a mosque in Escondido, CA a month ago, demonstrating how racist ideology threatens diverse communities.

We also condemn the hate-based attack by a driver who, believing that they were Muslims, drove his car into innocent people walking on a street in Sunnyvale, California , April 26 .

We also condemn the reprehensible, racist, anti-Muslim threats made recently to the Muhammad Islamic Center of Greater Hartford (MICGH) and we pray that no harm comes to this place of worship or its community.

The Islamic Society of Western Mass. calls on all people to stand together to oppose hatred and violence against any group of people and urges the redoubling of efforts to promote knowledge, understanding, and respect for all.