Our hearts and prayers go out to the victims and families of today’s hate crime inflicted upon the Jewish community in Monsey, Rockland County. We as a community must be vigilant against the hate and bigotry that has arisen in our communities and must exert efforts to overcome the prejudices that have led to the deaths of members of the Jewish community. We can never afford to be complacent and must remember that an attack on one faith community is an attack on all of us. The Peace Islands Institute New York will continue its mission to increase interfaith understanding through practical programming and help overcome ignorance of the ‘other’. We will continue standing in solidarity with our Jewish brothers and sisters in the face of ignorance, hatred and violence.
Our Honorary Chairman, Fethullah Gulen stated “A crucial step in healing the sick mindset that leads individuals to kill people out of hatred or other reasons is for every individual to acknowledge the dignity of every human being, to respect them as a work of art that was created by God and to inculcate this perspective in the minds of our youth.”