Islam

Russell Brand to tour synagogues and mosques in Middle East

By Sandy Rashty, June 12, 2013

Eccentric comedian Russell Brand will embark on a new comedy tour with a Jewish twist.

The Essex-born star is set to visit an array of synagogues and mosques in the Middle East as part of a new comedy show that will “dissect religion” and the lives of religious leaders.

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Community unites in support of Muswell Hill Islamic centre

By Anna Sheinman, June 5, 2013

Synagogues and Jewish groups have offered support and solidarity after a suspected racially-motivated fire at an Islamic community centre in Muswell Hill, north London.

The Al-Rahma Islamic Centre was destroyed by the fire which started in the early hours of Wednesday morning. It is home to the Somali Bravanese Welfare Association.

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Swedish opposition party hit by hate row

By Nathalie Rothschild, April 18, 2013

Sweden’s Social Democrat party is in crisis after it was forced to remove the Swedish Islamic Society president Omar Mustafa from its board just six days after his appointment.

The party came under fire after an anti-racism magazine drew attention to Mr Mustafa’s links to notorious antisemites and virulent anti-Zionists.

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City University pulls Islam prayer space over sermons content

By Jennifer Lipman, February 28, 2013

A London university that was found to have serious problems with campus radicalisation has won praise from extremism monitor Quilliam after withholding campus space for Muslim prayers unless staff are permitted to oversee the content of sermons.

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London Citizens appoints first Jewish community worker

By Simon Rocker, February 14, 2013

A former Reform youth leader who once learned Arabic in Damascus has become London Citizens’ first designated Jewish community worker.

Charlotte Fischer, 25, from south-east London, has a twin role: she is promoting the grassroots activist organisation within the Reform, Liberal and Masorti movements, which are sponsoring her post.

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Islamist spring hails fresh wars

By John R Bradley, February 14, 2013

The Western media presented last week’s assassination of Chokri Belaid, Tunisia’s most prominent critic of radical Islam, as a pivotal moment in the Arab Spring.

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Census reveals a largely sensible state

By Zaki Cooper, December 21, 2012

The publication of the results of the 2011 census last week answered a number of questions, but here is one it did not: what do the Prime Minister, the Mayor of London and the incoming Archbishop of Canterbury have in common? It sounds like the opening line of a joke but, in fact, these three pillars of the British establishment all have some Jewish blood.

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Walk-outs over ‘Islamophobia’ at antisemitism symposium

By Zoe Winograd, December 6, 2012

A seminar meant to highlight problems in dealing with antisemitism ran into trouble when audience members walked out — alleging Islamophobia on the part of some speakers.

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Saudi Arabia King hailed for backing dialogue with UN

By Anna Sheinman and Sandy Rashty, November 30, 2012

The King of Saudi Arabia opened a new interfaith centre in Vienna this week with UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon a keynote speaker.

The King Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz International Centre for Interreligious and Intercultural Dialogue (KAICIID) centre has board members from five major world religions including major leaders from the Muslim and Jewish faiths.

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‘Jews corrupting Muslims with pornography’

By Zoe Winograd, November 29, 2012

An Egyptian preacher has accused Jews of financing internet pornography as a way to corrupt Muslims.

In a sermon broadcast by Egypt’s Tahrir TV on November 23, Egyptian cleric Abd Al-Fattah Abu Zayd told his followers that “they replaced the armed forces with soft power.”

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