Long Island Wins Statement on Paris Terror Attacks

PARIS, FRANCE - JANUARY 11: Demonstrators make their way along Boulevrd Voltaire in a unity rally in Paris following the recent terrorist attacks on January 11, 2015 in Paris, France. An estimated one million people are expected to converge in central Paris for the Unity March joining in solidarity with the 17 victims of this week's terrorist attacks in the country. French President Francois Hollande will lead the march and will be joined by world leaders in a sign of unity. The terrorist atrocities started on Wednesday with the attack on the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, killing 12, and ended on Friday with sieges at a printing company in Dammartin en Goele and a Kosher supermarket in Paris with four hostages and three suspects being killed. A fourth suspect, Hayat Boumeddiene, 26, escaped and is wanted in connection with the murder of a policewoman. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)

Long Island Wins joins all Long Islanders of goodwill in offering our condolences to the loved ones of those killed in the attack on Charlie Hebdo’s offices and in the kosher market. We strongly condemn these acts of violence.

Long Islanders have also seen firsthand the terrible costs of extremism, and we re-affirm our commitment to an open-minded society where a free and full debate takes place in a spirit of respect and dignity.

We note also that one of the police officers killed in the attack, Ahmed Merabet, was himself Muslim, and died defending the free speech rights of the Hebdo reporters. Similarly, as we see with our own eyes across Long Island, Muslims (both native-born and immigrant) are playing vital roles in our civic culture. They are participating in and renewing the American Dream. We believe Long Islanders will recognize these attacks as an assault on the basic civic values we and our Muslim neighbors share.

Isma Chaudhry and Sadri Altinok, both Long Island Muslim leaders and Long Island Wins’ board co-chairs, said of the attacks, “We stand in solidarity against human atrocities in the name of Islam, and pray for world peace and harmony.”

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