MPAC Condemns Synagogue Shooting

October 29, 2009

The Muslim Public Affairs Council today condemned the shooting which took place this morning at a North Hollywood, CA synagogue and left two men hospitalized with injuries. A gunman entered the parking lot of Adat Yeshurun Valley Sephardic Orthodox synagogue this morning and shot and wounded two men in the leg. The motives behind the attack are unclear, according to police reports, but investigators haven't ruled out hate as a motive.

SEE: "Detectives search for suspect, motive in North Hollywood synagogue shootings" (Los Angeles Times)

MPAC Executive Director Salam Al-Marayati and Hate Crime Prevention Coordinator Saadia Khan both conveyed sympathies and support to local Jewish leaders, describing this incident as a danger to all people of faith.

 "When people are attacked while approaching a place of worship that's a crime that touches all of our lives," Al-Marayati said. "Our prayers go out for the victims and their families for this senseless act of violence."

Al-Marayati called on on religious leaders to raise their voices collectively against attacks on houses of worship.

MPAC also called on local houses of worship to demonstrate increased vigilance in light of the attack, citing other recent attacks on houses of worship in recent months. This summer, Imam Ali Mohammed was killed in a fire which also destroyed in the San Bernardino County mosque he founded. His death is still under investigation by the FBI as a possible hate crime.

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