This Muslim Journalist's Powerful Speech In Response To The New Zealand Terrorist Attack Will Break Your Heart

By Manahil Malik | 16 Mar, 2019

A Muslim, Australian journalist – Waleed Aly delivered a powerful response condemning the attack that took place in Christchurch, New Zealand on Friday.

“You’ll have to forgive me, these won’t be my best words,” said Waleed Aly, a co-host on The Project – a current affairs and talk show television program.

Waleed Aly – a lawyer, writer, and media presenter, is a Muslim himself and was at first, reluctant to speak about the mass shootings in which a white supremacist killed 49 people. But ultimately, he felt it was his responsibility.

He choked back tears saying, “I’m gutted, I’m scared, and I’m overcome with utter hopelessness”.

He added that the “most dishonest thing would be to say that I’m shocked”. Aly went on further to say he was also not shocked by terrorism in the past including attacks on a Quebec City mosque, London’s Finsbury Park mosque, a Pittsburgh synagogue and a church in South Carolina.

Waleed Aly, being a devout Muslim also went to the mosque on Friday, as he does every Friday, and knew “exactly what those moments before the shooting began would have been like.”

“I know how quiet, how still, how introspective those people would’ve been before they were suddenly gunned down,” he continued.

Aly said the gunman, who Prime Minister Scott Morrison described as an “extremist right-wing terrorist,” had deliberately picked that moment, knowing “how profoundly defenseless the victims were.”

“This was slaughter by appointment,” Aly said. That’s what made it scary because Muslims including himself will continue “attending those appointments.”

source: Network 10

The journalist spoke about reading the gunman’s manifesto.

He seemed to read excerpts from it, attacking Muslims and Islam as the real reason for the terrorism and bloodshed. But surprisingly, Aly said “How do those words sound when I tell you they weren’t part of the manifesto? They were published today, after the attacks, on an Australian parliament letterhead.”

The excerpts were actually those of an Australian Senator – Fraser Anning, released in light of the attack, which have been condemned by many.

The bigoted words from the Senator were torn apart by many.

It was an awful statement to have followed the attack.

The emotional journalist struggles to keep his composure as he asks leaders for support.

“Don’t change your tune now because the terrorism seems to be coming from a white supremacist. If you’ve been talking about being tough on terrorism for years, and the communities who allegedly support it, show us how tough you are now.”

He finishes by urging for unit. “Now we come together. Now we understand this is not a game. Terrorism doesn’t choose its victims selectively. We are one community.”

His extremely powerful address has struck a chord amongst viewers.

They believe he’s stated what they all feel.

People could not hold back their tears.

It is obvious that his display of emotion, mixed with his genuine concern about the state of the country and the safety of its people, is unmatched. His deliverance of this speech will always be held in high regards.

What do you think about this? Let us know in the comments.

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Cover image via Network 10

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