New Zealand crime reaffirms the need for countering Islamophobia: Rouhani
Iranian President in a message on Friday condemned terror attack on worshiper in New Zealand, saying that this is another indication that countering Islamophobia is essential.
Iran Press/Iran news: In his message president Hassan Rouhani said the terrorist and racist attack on Muslim worshipers in New Zealand was a painful and barbaric act which dismayed and appalled Muslims, causing distress among not just Muslims, but all the freedom seeking peoples of the world, including the Iranian nation.
The brutal crime which left dozens of innocent worshipers martyred and injured reaffirms the need for a campaign against terrorism, hate crimes of all kind, including hate crime directed at specific religious or ethnic groups, president Rouhani said, according to an Iran Press.
“Unprofessional and inhumane coverage of the act of terror by certain media in the West is another example of racism, double standards even in the case of human lives,” the message said, adding that the barbaric act is not something which will be forgotten by conscientious people observing human values.
The terror attack in New Zealand revealed that terrorism is still one of the global challenges, requiring a collective integrated approach by all countries, president Rouhani added.
Rouhani went on to say: “The Iranian government is still determined to resolutely fight terrorism and racism, as it believes that such blind plots of the enemies will bring them nothing, but further disgrace.”
Also, Iranian foreign minister in a message referred to Iranians' awareness of the consequences of bigotry and hatred, saying they are not surprised by terrorist attacks.
"Iranians are deeply shocked and saddened by Christchurch terror today. But we're not surprised," Mohammad Javad Zarif tweeted on Friday.
He added "Banned from travel to the US, and not allowed to abide by our faith if attending French schools, we Iranians know too well what bigotry and hatred of Islam augur."
Iranians are deeply shocked and saddened by Christchurch terror today.— Javad Zarif (@JZarif) March 15, 2019
But we're not surprised.
Banned from travel to the US, and not allowed to abide by our faith if attending French schools, we Iranians know too well what bigotry and hatred of Islam augur.#EndIslamophobiaNow
On Friday March 15, armed gunmen attacked Masjid Al Noor mosque and Linwood Masjid Mosque in Christchurch.
49 people have been killed, and at least 50 injured, in Friday's attacks on two Christchurch mosques. 101/211/202