(Brussels, March 15, 2019) – The European Jewish Congress (EJC) is utterly shocked and appalled by the horrific massacre of Muslim worshippers in Christchurch, New Zealand.

“For many years we warned that the hateful ideology that has taken so many Jewish lives would go on to orchestrate attacks against other communities,” said EJC President Dr. Moshe Kantor. “Today, tragedy has struck our Muslim brothers and sisters.”

“We send our deepest condolences to the people of New Zealand and Muslims across the world at this painful time. We stand in solidarity with the families of the victims and pray for a speedy recovery for those injured. The Jewish communities of Europe stand with you in this hour of pain,” he added.

“Anti-Muslim hatred, antisemitism, racism and xenophobia must be combatted at the source. It is time that we join forces in a global coalition against hatred and extremism to prevent other horrific tragedies,” Dr. Kantor concluded.