“We come together despite those who wish to divide us,” said Shehata, who worships at Masjid Ibrahim, a mosque in Newark. “Violence, bigotry, vandalism have no room, no place in any religion on the face on this Earth.”
The interfaith gathering was organized by the Rev. Ty Johnson, leader of Churches Take a Corner, a Wilmington anti-violence organization. Johnson said it was an opportunity for “folks to move their faith to action.”
“Domestic terrorism will not be tolerated, whether it’s bomb threats of Jewish communities, desecrating cemeteries, deportation, killings on the street,” he said. “It’s all terror.”
Faith leaders of churches, mosques and temples led prayers, sermons and songs in English, Hebrew and Arabic. Congregants mingled and told their neighbors: “You are worth loving.” The gathering ended with community members, hand in hand, singing the civil rights song “We Shall Overcome.”
Rabbi Michael Beals, acting director of the Delaware Council of Faith-Based Partnerships, thanked the attendees for showing support to the Jewish community.
“What an act of true chesed, of kindness,” he said. “To our Muslims brothers and sisters … do not be shy to ask for support from the rest of us when you feel threatened.”