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After New Zealand, non-Muslims should show support

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22.03.2019

Exactly one week has passed since the terrible massacre perpetrated by a white racist at two mosques in Christchurch. In that time, there have been some striking gestures of solidarity. Members of the Jewish Tree of Life synagogue in the US city of Pittsburgh, where an anti-Semite killed 11 people in October, have collected $30,000 (€26,000) for the relatives of the victims in faraway New Zealand.

In Germany, by contrast, there have been no grand gestures of sympathy such as the ones that have occurred spontaneously after some of the terrorist attacks in Europe. This is disturbing. Christchurch was an attack on people at prayer; on believers in a place of worship. This time, the places of worship were Muslim. In Pittsburgh — and elsewhere in recent years — the sites have been Jewish, with defenseless Jewish worshippers. Coptic churches in Egypt have also been targeted repeatedly in bloody terrorist attacks. In other countries, too, like Pakistan or Nigeria, deadly hatred has spilled over into attacks on Christian churches.

DW's Christoph Strack

In 2011, Copts in Germany held their Christmas church services in a state of fear, and under police protection. A dreadful terrorist attack in the Egyptian city of Alexandria left 23 dead and prompted fears of follow-up attacks in other countries, including Germany. Both the then-president of the council of the Evangelical Church in Germany, Nikolaus Schneider, and the head of Germany's Central Council of Muslims, Aiman Mazyek, attended the Coptic Christmas service in Düsseldorf. Berlin's Senator for the Interior, Ehrhart Körting, and Muslims from the IslamForum Berlin participated in the ceremony in........

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