STATEMENT FROM TELL MAMA:
White Supremacist Rhetoric Was a Key Driver in the Attack Against Two Mosques in New Zealand 

 STATEMENT ON MOSQUE ATTACKS IN NEW ZEALAND  
 
WHITE SUPREMACIST ANTI-MUSLIM RHETORIC WAS A DRIVER  IN THE ATTACKS ON TWO MOSQUES 
 
It has become clear that the attack on two mosques in Christchurch in New Zealand were well organised, planned and co-ordinated. Initial pictures taken on the arms that were used show terms, dates and statements that scream out that the attackers were influenced by violent white nationalism allied to anti-Muslim hate.  
 
For example, in the first picture, you can see a picture of a rune symbol from the Shutzstaffel or Nazi SS. It is the circular symbol on the bag and was a rune found in Himmler's castle where SS members were inculcated into the murderous group.  
 
 
The picture below shows the date of 1683 on the assault rifle magazines which refers to the defeat of Muslim Turks at the Battle of Vienna and the roll back of Turkish territory thereafter.  
 
 
The final picture (below) shows assault rifle magazines with the terminology - 'For Rotherham' emblazoned across one of them. It is a narrative that far right groups have taken up on the grooming of white girls.  
 
Next to that is the name - Alexandre Bisonnette - the Quebec mosque gunman and murderer. 
 
 
 
Commenting on this massacre, the Director of the national Islamophobia monitoring service, Iman Atta of Tell MAMA said: 
 
  "We are appalled to hear about the mass casualties in New Zealand. The killer appears to have put out a 'manifesto' based on white supremacist rhetoric which includes references to anti-Islamic comments. He mentions 'mass immigration' and 'an assault on our civilisation' and makes repeated references to his 'white identity'.
 
"The killer also seems to have filmed the murders adding a further cold ruthlessness to his actions. We have said time and time again that far right extremism is a growing problem and we have been citing this for over 6 years now. That rhetoric is wrapped within anti-migrant and anti-Muslim sentiment.
 
"Anti-Muslim hatred is fast becoming a global issue and a binding factor for extremist far right groups and individuals. It is a threat that needs to be taken seriously". 
 
ENDS 
 
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