—FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE—
JAMAICA, New York (July 24, 2011) – The Islamic Circle of North America issued a press release today condemning the massacre in Norway and extending condolences to the families of victims.
“The terrorist attacks in Oslo and Utoya have saddened us beyond measure. We pray for Norway, and for the families of the victims. We are deeply sorry for their heartrending loss, and hope they find strength in these difficult times.
As American Muslims and as people of conscience we are appalled that numerous news outlets were quick to blame Muslims for these attacks. The media displayed an obvious lack of responsibility by jumping on the Islamophobia bandwagon and reporting false information about these attacks.
The perpetrator of these attacks was a racist, hateful fascist with a 1500-page manifesto and deliberate plan. He was both xenophobic and Islamophobic and was in contact with numerous European and American anti-immigrant and anti-Muslim personalities. We are horrified that such violence was borne from these views.
The rise of Islamophobia fostered by individuals such as Robert Spencer and Pamela Geller has threatened our communities and prompted such acts of violence. ICNA calls upon the international community and the Obama administration to take action against hate groups and so-called ‘experts on Islam’ who promote this kind of bigotry.”
Today marks the 20th anniversary of the tragic events of September 11, 2001. It serves as both a reminder of one of the most traumatizing occurrences to unfold on American soil and as a testimony to the resilience of every community living here in America.