Statement on the mosque attacks in New Zealand

We were devastated to hear about the attack on two mosques in New Zealand, claiming the lives of at least 49 people and injuring many others.

“When the shock has subsided”, added Dr Edie Friedman, Executive Director of JCORE, “we need to think about what more we need to do in our own communities to develop stronger links between communities and to hold certain politicians and sections of the media accountable when they reinforce negative attitudes and stereotypes about minority communities.

This includes looking at how we communicate on social media so as not to give credibility to voices of prejudice and hatred”.