Suspected attack on Oxford Central Mosque in UK draws condemnation
2 gasoline cans with 'Israel Defense Forces (IDF)' written on them were thrown at mosque
Two gasoline cans with “Israel Defense Forces (IDF)” written on them were thrown at the Oxford Central Mosque in the UK on Sunday.
According to a statement by the Council of Mosques, an individual on a bicycle approached the exterior door of the mosque and threw two red gasoline cans with the letters "IDF" written on them toward the mosque.
“We believe this attack was due to us showing our unwavering support for the innocent people of Palestine by displaying Palestinian flags around our mosque," it said
"This attempt to scare us will not work. We will continue to exercise our democratic right and show solidarity with the innocent Palestinians being massacred indiscriminately and illegally," it added.
The Council of Mosques also issued a warning, especially to women to be cautious when going to and from the morning, evening, and night prayers.
The council called on politicians in the country to condemn Israel's attacks on Palestinians and the obstruction of water, food, and aid to Gaza.
They also urged all mosques to make security-related arrangements and to warn their congregations.
In a joint statement, Oxford East MP Anneliese Dodds and leader of Oxford City Council Susan Brown said they were "shocked and saddened" by the incident.
"We stand with the Muslim community in Oxford in condemning this cowardly attack and urge people to be vigilant," they said.