WJC President Lauder condemns London attack: 'We must stand together against terrorism & hate'

NEW YORK – World Jewish Congress President Ronald S. Lauder on Monday harshly condemned the “abhorrent and vicious” terror attack that left one person dead and at least 10 wounded outside a London mosque before dawn, the third terror attack in the United Kingdom in less than a month.
 
 “On behalf of the World Jewish Congress, I condemn the abhorrent and vicious attack carried out against innocent people gathered to worship during the holy month of Ramadan. Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families, and we stand together with the people of London in confronting another horrible act of terror. 
 
“Hatred and acts of violence are running rampant around the world, and we are living in a frightening reality in which none of us is immune to terror. We must stand together to defend the critical values of tolerance and freedom that make our society strong, and do everything in our power to fight this scourge of terrorism. Our way of life is under attack, but we must not surrender to the intimidation of terror. We must not let these terrorists win," Lauder said.

Jonathan Arkush, President of the Board of Deputies of British Jews and a WJC vice president, issued a statement of condemnation shortly after the attack occurred. “All good people must stand together and join in rejecting hatred and violence from wherever it comes. The way forward is to strengthen the moderate majority and repudiate and marginalize extremism of every type,” Arkush said, adding: “Hatred of people because of their religion has no place in our society.”

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