New Zealand’s Jewish community is outraged after a prominent mosque leader blamed the Israeli Mossad agency for being behind the terror attack on two mosques in the city of Christchurch, the Newshub news website reports.
The incident took place on Saturday during a rally organized by a group called Love Aotearoa Hate Racism in Auckland’s Aotea Square.
Ahmed Bhamji, chairman of the Mt Roskill Masjid E Umar, gave a speech questioning where the gunman got his funding from.
He said he suspected it came from “Mossad” and “Zionist business”, according to Newshub.
“I really want to say one thing today. Do you think this guy was alone…I want to ask you – where did he get the funding from?” he can be heard saying in video footage.
“I stand here and I say I have a very very strong suspicion that there’s some group behind him and I am not afraid to say I feel Mossad is behind this,” continued Bhamji.
A video of the speech was posted to Twitter, causing outrage in the Jewish community.
“These conspiracy theories are dangerous lies. They put the Jewish community at risk, at a time of heightened security concerns,” New Zealand Jewish Council spokesperson Juliet Moses told Newshub.