New Zealand Police to Honor Al Noor, Linwood Mosques

15:36 - May 24, 2022
News ID: 3479043
TEHRAN (IQNA) – Police are recognising 59 staff for their involvement in Operation Deans, following the 2019 mass shooting at two mosques that left 51 people dead.


Muslim community members, civilians, and other organisations will also be recognised.

Al Noor Mosque Imam Gamal Fouda told Morning Report both himself and the Linwood Mosque Imam will be receiving an award.

It's difficult for the Muslim community to attend events like the awards ceremony, he said.

"The 15 March changed our lives forever but ... it shouldn't change the way we act, the way we think and the way we work together.

"We will continue working together and we will not let hate divide our nation."

Fouda says the way the members of the Muslim community acted after the 15 March terrorist attacks comes from their faith - "the most understood faith around the world".

"...People assume ISIS represents Muslims which in fact is a misconception. They are a very very small number and they do not represent us.

"The rise of white supremacy and the far right wing is so alarming to our world, not only New Zealand but around the world so the police actually is doing a great job for our country."

He says the Muslim community will continue its message of love.

"This actually doesn't come from our cultures first of all, it comes from our faith which calls for the mutual understanding and the cooperation between people of different race and colours."

Fouda praised police for their quick response in arresting the terrorist after the attack and says he will continue to support them.

The community has built a strong connection and friendship with police and district commander John Price, he said.

"We really appreciate the work they have been doing after 15 March."



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