Last evening, while France was celebrating Bastille Day, a terrorist attack occurred killing 84 and injuring many more.
Also taking place last night, after the terror attack in France, a mosque near the University of Rhode Island campus was vandalized. This was the first attack of vandalism at the mosque which was founded in 2001. According to the Providence Journal, officials with the Muslim Community Center of Kingston’s Masjid Al-Hoda, 60 Fortin Rd., discovered a smashed window and anti-Muslim graffiti. The mosque is attended by many Muslim students and faculty members at URI.
Earlier this year the Jewish community was a victim of senseless vandalism when the Kollel sign at Congregation Ohawe Shalom was spray painted with a swastika. Members of the Rhode Island community, including our Muslim and Christian brothers and sisters, were quick to publicly condemn that action. Today, we condemn the violence in France and the destruction in Kingston, Rhode Island.
As reports of terrorism, violence, and destruction around the world seem to be coming almost constantly, our hearts break as we learn about these latest incidents. We extend our deepest condolences to the victims of these senseless attacks, to their families, and to all those affected.
We stand together against hatred and violence; we are drawn together for the purpose of peace.
Mitzi Berkelhammer, Chair of the Board
Jeffrey K. Savit, President & CEO
Rabbi Sarah Mack, President, Board of Rabbis of Greater Rhode Island
Richard Glucksman, Community Relations Chair
Marty Cooper, Community Relations Director