Quilliam International on Horrific Terrorist Attack in New Zealand

Quilliam International would like to extend its deepest sympathies and condolences to the families and loved ones of the victims killed in the senseless violence in New Zealand on Friday.

We are deeply saddened by the horrifying terrorist attack that has left 49 dead. The victims were Muslim worshippers who were gunned down in two mosques in the city of Christchurch. This attack has now become one of the worst mass shootings in history, killing the same number of victims as the 2016 Orlando nightclub attack.

In a social media post just before the incident took place, an account that is believed to belong to one of the attackers posted a link to an 87-page manifesto that was filled with anti-“globalist” conspiracist ideas that are common on the White Nationalist right: anti-immigrant, anti-Muslim rhetoric and reasoning that seeks to justify the attack.

The manifesto and the gun decorations displayed by the man arrested for the horrifying massacre of scores of worshippers at two New Zealand mosques, are steeped in the iconography of the neo Nazi far Right. This is a deliberate choice: the purpose of the attack is to spread these ideas. This is a mass murder both inspired by, and designed to promote this ideology.

Quilliam’s President, Noman Benotman, said:

“Early indications show that the White Nationalists who espouse and promote Nazi ideology are akin to modern day Nazis, using Muslims in the West as scapegoats just as they did with Jews in the 30s, killing 6 million of them. This type of hatred and vitriol doesn’t manifest overnight, it takes years of propaganda and brainwashing. What we are seeing now is the initial stages of this cancer, which has manifested in some sections of white nationalist groups.”

Quilliam’s CEO, Haras Rafiq, said:

“This is a horrific act of terrorism which is clearly inspired by white nationalism and neo Nazi ideology. This is the single biggest terror attack in Australasia to date and is a game changer in terms of how we view this new and emerging category of terrorism. In the past, we have seen that Islamist terror has been much more organized and operational, yet this new strand of white nationalist terrorism is increasing and catching up in terms of the threat we face in Western countries. Regrettably, ordinary Muslims must now consider some level of security to protect their collective spaces, just as the Jewish community are currently doing.”

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