JCRC Affirms Solidarity with Local Muslim Community in Wake of Blast at the Dar Al Farooq Islamic Center

August 5, 2017

Minneapolis, MN – Steve Hunegs, executive director of the Jewish Community Relations Council of Minnesota and the Dakotas (JCRC), issued the following statement:

“The Jewish Community Relations Council of Minnesota and the Dakotas (JCRC) affirms its solidarity with the local Muslim community in the wake of today’s blast at the Dar Al Farooq Islamic Center. Fortunately, no one was harmed. According to news reports, a motive has not yet been determined.

“Today, I joined other local faith leaders at Dar Al Farooq to express our support and sympathy to our Muslim neighbors. Earlier this year, the Muslim community placed an ad in the Star Tribune affirming solidarity with the Jewish community after the JCC bomb threats. Today, the Jewish community affirms its solidarity with the school, mosque, and local Muslim community. Today’s incident underscores the importance of The Minneapolis Foundation’s creation of the Faith In Each Other Fund. The charitable fund established in March will help support security initiatives of both the Muslim and Jewish communities. We thank The Minneapolis Foundation for this critical support.

“We urge anyone with information about the blast to come forward and report it to law enforcement. Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call 1-800-CALL-FBI. We will continue to monitor the situation.

“Finally, we thank local, state, and federal law enforcement for their swift response to this incident. We have full confidence that this incident will be investigated vigorously and methodically.”

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