Religious leaders in London condemned Monday’s van attack outside a local mosque and observed a moment of silence for the victims.
Mohammed Kozbar, chairman of Finsbury Park Mosque where the attack occurred, joined with Christian and Jewish leaders along with Jeremy Corbyn, leader of the Labour Party, in joint condemnation of the attack and a show of support for the victims and members of the community, according to an AP report. The attack, in which a 48-year-old man plowed into a group of people leaving a local mosque, occurred hours after The Great Get Together, a congregation of Christians, Jews, and Muslims across the U.K. in a show of community for MP Jo Cox, who was murdered in 2016 for her support of immigration.
“An attack on one faith is an attack on all faiths, it seems to me,” said Reverend Adrian Newman, Bishop of Stepney, according to The Telegraph. “And the reason that so many people have turned up today from all sorts of different faith communities is because we want to stand in solidarity with our Muslim brothers and sisters. What’s happened here is awful, but it’s ironic just a few hours before they had been gathering with members of the Christian and Jewish community in support of the Jo Cox Foundation.”
Finsbury Park Mosque also participated in the Great Get Together, hosting the Chief Rabbi for an Iftar dinner, which is a nightly breaking of the Ramadan fast for Muslims. The mosque published a statement on their website, condemning the attack and calling on the U.K. government to better protect Muslim communities within the U.K. Kozbar declared the attack an act of terror, calling it “a cowardly attack which is no different than the attacks in Manchester and London, our community is in shock, our thought and prayer with those who have been effected by this”
The U.K. police are investigating the incident as a terrorist attack.
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