Pittsburgh Jewish group fundraises to support Christchurch Muslim community
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Pittsburgh Jewish group fundraises to support Christchurch Muslim community

After 11 killed at Tree of Life Synagogue and more than 50 at two mosques in New Zealand, Jewish community raises money to help Muslim victims on the other side of the world

Mourners place flowers as they pay their respects at a makeshift memorial near the Masjid Al Noor mosque in Christchurch, New Zealand (AP Photo/Mark Baker)
Mourners place flowers as they pay their respects at a makeshift memorial near the Masjid Al Noor mosque in Christchurch, New Zealand (AP Photo/Mark Baker)

A Pittsburgh Jewish organisation has launched an emergency relief fund for victims of Friday’s terror attack in New Zealand that left 50 worshippers dead.

The New Zealand Islamophobic Attack Emergency Relief Fund is currently accepting donations to help the Muslim community of Christchurch.

In a statement, Meryl Ainsman, chair of the board of the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh, said: “The Greater Pittsburgh Jewish community was shocked and deeply saddened by the horrific Islamophobic attack in Christchurch, New Zealand resulting in the senseless murder of at least 49 people. We stand in solidarity with the Muslim community in Christchurch, in Pittsburgh, and around the world.

“Unfortunately we are all too familiar with the devastating effect a mass shooting has on a faith community. We are filled with grief over this senseless act of hate.”

Last October, a deadly shooting outside the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh left 11 congregants dead. A crowdfunding campaign called ‘Muslims Unite for Pittsburgh Synagogue’ raised more than $200,000 for the victims in the days following the attack.

The New Zealand terror attack is the first mass shooting at a house of worship since the Tree of Life massacre.

 

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