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Interfaith Gathering In Solidarity

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Bronx Interfaith Gathering

Earlier today, Muslim, Jewish and Christian leaders gathered to denounce religious hatred and express solidarity two days after the Bronx terrorist plot was foiled.

They spoke in a joint news conference at the Riverdale Jewish Center, which was one of the two sites targeted by four terrorist suspects who had allegedly planned to detonate plastic bombs outside synagogues and shoot down military planes upstate New York.

The interfaith gathering aimed to send the following message:

"Our purpose is also to express our solidarity with Rabbi Jonathan Rosenblatt and the Riverdale Jewish Center and Rabbi Judith Lewis and the Riverdale Temple, and our gratitude to the Joint Terrorism Task Force, and the FBI, NYPD and other law enforcement agencies that comprise it, for the swift action that foiled the plot. As leaders of New York’s diverse communities, we stand together against the poisonous hatred that drove four men to attempt murder and destruction.

At this moment of tragedy averted, we are inspired by the beliefs that unify our communities of faith and our great city and nation: our belief in the inherent dignity of all persons; our belief that our diversity is our strength, and that religious, racial and ethnic bigotry cannot be tolerated. It is these shared beliefs that are the antidote to the hatred and bigotry that endanger us all."

 

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Thomas Lockhart

was born June 8, 1953. Mr. Lockhart is a former Bronx resident from the Marble Hill section, and attended The Bronx High School of Science and Manhattan College. A former All-American basketball player at both institutions, he left for Europe in 1976 to pursue a professional career after a brief encounter with the Milwaukee Bucks of the NBA. Continuing his education he actively plunged into corporate marketing communications with international companies like Philips, Alstom, Qiagen Instruments, KPMG, European Space Administration, ABN-Amro Bank and the Port of Rotterdam, while continuing to play ball and coach. Teaching English and advertising in Holland led to the setup of Ideas Unlimited, his own International Business Communications firm. Mr. Lockhart has lived and worked in various countries for the past 33 years, speaks German, French, Dutch and is currently learning Italian. Now residing near Zurich Switzerland, he has three children, Jarrett, 31 Chief of Staff with the Bronx City Council, 14th District, Maraya, 21 and Malik, 11. Tom is currently serving as Communications Manager and Asst. Operations Coordinator of the Marble Hill Reunion and Development Project.