19 June 2017
One man has been killed and another eight injured after a van drove into worshippers observing Ramadan outside the Muslin Welfare House near Finsbury Park Mosque .
Jean Lambert, London’s Green MEP, said in response to the tragedy:
“I am appalled by last night’s horrific attack at Finsbury Park mosque. My thoughts are with those affected, and the rest of Britain’s Muslim community.
It sadly appears that this was another act of terror. Just a year after the murder of Jo Cox, we are again reminded that violent extremism is not the preserve of a single ideology. We need to tackle such hatred and violence across society.
If this is an attempt to divide our communities, it’s doomed to failure. I’m heartened to see an immediate outpouring of support from diverse religious leaders, faith-based organisations and community representatives.
As Londoners, we know that an attack on the rights and freedoms of a single community is an attack on our fundamental values. The only way to respond to such acts of cruelty is to remain fiercely tolerant, unified and supportive – the true spirit of this city.”