For the first time in history synagogues in NZ are closed on Shabbat following the shocking massacre of Muslims in Christchurch. The Jewish Agency and the NZ Jewish Council stand in solidarity with the bereaved families. We are united in fighting violent hatred and racism.— יצחק הרצוג Isaac Herzog (@Isaac_Herzog) March 15, 2019
“I extend my deepest condolences to the family and loved ones of the victims, and to the people of New Zealand. We must redouble efforts to combat hatred and division in our societies, from wherever it emanates.” The Conference of Preisdents in the US said it was “outraged by the horrific attacks” and extended condolences to those who lost loved ones.“Such outrages cannot be tolerated in any civil society,” said Chairman Arthur Stark Executive Vice Chairman/CEO Malcolm Hoenlein.“We hope that those who are responsible and those who aided and abetted them will be brought to justice. All people of good will must join in condemning this barbaric act.”In the US, both the Conservative and Reform Judaism movements released statements condemning the attacks.“As we mourn this senseless loss of life, we hold our Muslim family in our hearts and commit to stand with them during this painful time – including by visibly and vocally showing up in solidarity,” read a statement from the Reform community. The Conservative movement said, “We wish comfort to our Muslim brothers and sisters, partners in faith, and to all those whose lives will be impacted by this tragedy,” “We pray the families of the deceased find peace and that the wounded recover fully and speedily. When a gunman attacked the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh, PA, the local mosques there were among the very first to help. Once again, we stand stronger together.”Jewish communities in New Zealand closed down synagogues on Shabbat on advice of Police for security reasons. Synagogues and the Jewish school will also be closed on Monday.
There can be few acts of greater evil than the massacre of peaceful people at prayer. The attacks in New Zealand were terrorism of the most despicable kind, callously planned & motivated by the scourge of islamophobia. The victims & their families are in our hearts & our prayers.— Chief Rabbi Mirvis (@chiefrabbi) March 15, 2019