Statement on Finsbury Park attack

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Rabbi Danny Rich
19 June 2017

Londoners, and all Britons, again woke this morning to news of a horrendous attack – this time outside Finsbury Park Mosque.

Terrorism – whether motivated by left or right wing political ideology, by a perversion of Islam or by corrupted British nationalism – is an attack on all decent people.

The thoughts of Liberal Jews are, of course, first with the man who died, his family and all those who have suffered injury and trauma.

But Liberal Judaism also wishes to commend the mosque’s Imam, and his congregation, for assisting the police in calmly apprehending the perpetrator.

As persons of religious faith, we feel a particular empathy with Muslim worshippers and trust that the rest Ramadan will be sweet and inspiring.

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