PRESS RELEASE – Sunday, January 16, 2022
- We condemn the Act of Terror in a Texas Synagogue -
We members of the Evergreen Islamic Center (EIC) of San Jose unequivocally condemn the terrorism unleashed at Congregation Beth Israel Synagogue in Colleyville, Texas by a deranged and delusional gunman.
We express our utmost gratitude to God that all hostages were rescued and are safe and well. We express our solidarity with the Jewish community in Colleyville and throughout America following this terror attack.
As Americans, we uphold the Rule of Law. We have no tolerance for anyone or any group attacking our fellow Americans in places of worship, schools, malls, and elsewhere. No grievance or demand can justify violence against others.
There is an outbreak of hate and bigotry across America today. Our schools, public venues and places of worship are under assault by the intolerant and the conspiracy mongers. But we must not give up hope. We must continue to build alliances with our fellow Americans to stop the hate, the rage and the violence ripping our country apart, particularly during these trying times when we have lost almost a million Americans to a lethal virus.
We pledge to work with our fellow Americans and law-enforcement officials to ensure that people of all persuasions and colors are safe from lone-wolf terror or organized groups involved in terrorism. We are in complete agreement with President Joe Biden who said of the attack in the Texas synagogue: “… let me be clear to anyone who intends to spread hate — we will stand against antisemitism and against the rise of extremism in this country.”
Hasan Zillur Rahim
Director of Media Outreach
Evergreen Islamic Center