I don’t want to appear ungrateful for their support, but…where are the men?

Where are the men?

Where are the men?

Without putting too fine a point on it where are the men?

About 100 people from the Muslim community have gathered in downtown Auckland to protest against terrorist group Isis.

Both young and old are currently at the Aotea Square calling on world leaders to unite against the group, which in the last day has claimed responsibility of the deadly attacks in Paris, which killed up to 120 people and injuring many others.

Several people – including children – are holding signs.

A little girl holds one which reads: “We stand in solidarity with French – we share your pain.”

Another calls on the Afghanistan Government to take more action “before it’s too late.”

While another says: “We condemn the killings of innocent people in Afghanistan.”   

One woman told the group Isis had again struck its deadly hand on the people of France.

But many other people around the world – including in Afghanistan – had lost their lives to terrorist actions.

“Though 120 people have been killed in Paris and the world is shaking right now, but what about the people, the thousands who have been killed [already]? Whoever knows about it?”

The speaker said now was the time for the world’s leaders to come together to fight Isis’ regime.

“The whole world has one common enemy at the moment – it’s Isis. They are one single group! We are a whole world!

“Surely the whole world can defeat one single terrorist group.”

Yes we can defeat them, but so-called moderate Muslims need to assist and that means the menfolk too.

The Federation of Islamic Associations and the Human Rights Commission issued a joint statement in the wake of the terrorist attacks.

Federation of Islamic Associations president Hazim Arafeh said: “We stand alongside all innocent victims of terrorism in peace, solidarity and humanity.”

He said the federation condemns all terrorist attacks and joins the rest of the world in deep sorrow as we mourn men, women and children murdered by terrorists and extremists.

Race Relations Commissioner Dame Susan Devoy urged New Zealanders to recognise that terrorism has no religion and that Muslim New Zealanders unreservedly and wholeheartedly condemn extremism and violence.

“We urge Kiwis to stand together in humanity,” Dame Susan said.

I am still waiting for the joint statement from the HRC and FIANZ against terrorist violence on civilians in Israel. Susan Devoy, the FIANZ spokesperson, needs to get some consistency.


– NZ Herald

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