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New Zealand Mosque Shooting

The “well-planned” New Zealand attack targeted mosques during Salatul Jummah, the mid-day Friday congregational prayer held weekly at all Islamic places of worship worldwide. This is the time of highest weekly attendance. Friday prayers will be held across the U.S. today.

These experts can inform your reporting on how U.S. Muslim, Arab, Sikh and South Asian communities are experiencing the tragedy and how they have dealt with attacks at places of worship in the United States.

Farhana Khera is the Executive Director of Muslim Advocates, where she works to maintain and protect civil liberties and Muslim rights in the wake of governmental counter-terrorism efforts.
Deepa Iyer is an expert on hate violence, profiling, and the intersections between immigration and national security policy as they relate to the Muslim, Arab, Sikh, and South Asian community.
Qasim Rashid is an international Human rights attorney who has published on white supremacy and extremism. He is a high profile voice on social media.

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Rabbi Burton L. Visotzky

Appleman Professor of Midrash and Interreligious Studies, Jewish Theological Seminary
New York City, NY
Rabbi Burton L. Visotsky is an expert in Jewish-Muslim relations and regularly engages in interfaith discussions internationally.

Rabbi Burton L. Visotzky serves as Appleman Professor of Midrash and Interreligious Studies at the Jewish Theological Seminary. Professor Visotzky also serves as the Louis Stein Director of the Finkelstein Institute for Religious and Social Studies at JTS, charged with programs on public policy, and directs the Milstein Center for Interreligious Dialogue at JTS.

Discrimination and Bigotry, Interfaith Relations, Judaism