| 21.02,20. 04:19 PM |
Terrorist Attacks This week German authorities apprehended a far-right terrorist cell that was planning co-ordinated attacks on worshipers across Mosques in Germany. Evidence suggests that these terrorists had been inspired by the Christchurch attack of last year that had been perpetrated by an Australian far-right extremist. Sadly, yesterday 2 terrorist attacks took place in Germany killing 8 people and injuring others. While it is unclear if the two groups are connected the truth is that it doesn’t matter if they were or not. Their intent was and continues to be the same, which is to sow fear and anxiety in the Muslim community and cause division across society. Sadly, this morning we hear of another attack on worshipers in a Mosque in London. It is unquestionable now that the risk associated with far-right terrorism is real and present. The trends both globally, and domestically, are clear in the danger that exists for Muslims of physical harm. We urge all Mosques, Prayer Halls, Schools and community centres to review their safety protocols and put in place measures to deal with this escalating situation. As we approach the first anniversary of Christchurch, we need to be even more vigilant of the dangers posed by far-right terrorists. AFIC President, Dr Rateb Jneid, stated “We send out our thoughts and prayers to the victims of the recent attacks in Germany and London. These attacks must be called out for what they are, acts of terrorism, and be dealt with swiftly and harshly.” We call on the Australian Government to review the security and safety of the Muslim community in Australia and in particular to put in place all appropriate measures to ensure the safety of all places of worship..
21 February 2020