Muslims condemn attacks on Jews

By Simon Rocker, January 15, 2009

A group of Muslim activists has issued an open letter condemning antisemitic attacks in response to the Gaza crisis.

Addressed to “fellow Muslims”, the group of 18, including imams, businessmen and scholars, wrote that they were “deeply saddened” to hear of assaults on British Jews.

“We unreservedly condemn attacks on innocent British citizens and the desecration of all places of worship.”

They went on: “The ongoing killing of Palestinian civilians by Israeli forces has angered us all. However, this does not, and cannot, justify attacks on our fellow citizens of Jewish faith and background here in Britain.

“Most Muslims are against such behaviour. However, we call on all Muslims to continue to remain vigilant against attempts to bring our own faith and community into disrepute. British Jews should not be held responsible for the actions of the Israeli government.”

The letter, intended to be read in mosques across the UK, comes amid deepening strains in Muslim-Jewish relations.

Rabbi Dr Jonathan Romain, chairman of the Assembly of Reform Rabbis, reported that rabbis were finding their overtures rebuffed. “A number of rabbis with longstanding relations with the local imams have found calls not returned or that they are not prepared to do joint platforms,” he said.

Khola Hasan, a Muslim executive member of the Redbridge Three Faiths Forum in Essex, which recently organised a trip to Israel predominantly for Muslims, said: “The feeling among Muslims is that they don’t see any point in continuing with interfaith dialogue.”

But although experiencing similar feelings initially, she backed dialogue as “the only way forward,” adding that a local rabbi had rung her to say “we feel your pain. That really helped.”

St Ethelburga’s, a Christian centre in the City of London which specialises in interfaith work, convened a meeting on Tuesday for Jews, Muslims and Christians to preserve lines of communication amid the fallout from the Middle East.

Participants included Rabbi Jonathan Wittenberg, senior rabbi of the Masorti movement, who said: “There is a need for an unqualified statement which simply says we are horrified and pained by the loss of life. The sense of damage between faiths and groups is so enormous that it is crucial to state common moral ground even if it seems obvious. Our failure to do so is a sin.”

Pupils at a Muslim assembly at a top Glasgow school, Hutchesons’ Grammar, were last week asked to raise their hands if they hated Jews.

When a number did, the assembly leader, Asgher Mohammed, a parent, “told them that their anger was misplaced and it was the Israeli army who deserved their anger”.

The Scottish Council of Jewish Communities commented: “It may not have been advisable to approach the subject as he did but Mr Mohammed appears to have been making the entirely correct point that foreign conflicts should not be allowed to create hatred between local communities.”

Last updated: 2:56pm, March 10 2009



Thu, 01/15/2009 - 21:49

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The fact that Muslims are saying this things is a great positive. This just goes to show that the majority of Muslims are peace lovers and good people - just like their religion teaches them to be. It's a great shame that sometimes the tiny proportion of them (as there are in ALL races and religions) who are not so peaceful in their antics, give them a bad name. And, as a Jew myself, I would like to be judged by the content of my character, not by the books I read or the G-d I follow.

Bottom line is, Muslims and Jews are brothers. And it's time we joined together and behaved as so.

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Sat, 01/17/2009 - 02:55

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Quite regularly, various leaders of various Islamic terrorist groups, and even an ex-CIA agent that the NYT uses as an expert on Mid-East affairs, refer to Israel as a "cancer" on the world. Louis Farrakhan, America's best-known Jew-hater, is honored by the twenty-year church home of our first black President, and hardly more than a few bat an eyelash in disapproval. A black minister can stand in the full view of esteemed dignitaries and spew anti-Semitic tripe, and it causes barely a stir. CNN can air terrorist-inspired "news" footage, and it takes a determined conservative blog-press to highlight the truth before anyone even notices.

Well, any time Israel gets the chutzpah to fight back against nonstop, deadly rocket attacks with any determination, nearly every Muslim enclave the world over can be counted upon to take to the streets in their propaganda solidarity. And leftist newspapers and television outlets the world over can be counted upon to broadcast the terrorists' anti-Jew poppycock as though no one will notice that it's woven of the same cloth.

The more things change...and the beat goes on...

But, really, hating Jews is as old and entrenched as, well, as old as the Bible. Long, long, long before Africans enslaved other Africans and sold them to European and American traders, there was Jew-hatred. Jew-hatred is so much older than the State of Israel that it would take a historical scholar to date it.

Way, way, way, way before there was the Holocaust, there was Jew-hatred. Jew-hatred runs through the 7th century's Koran like a consistent thread. Karl Marx himself was a self-loathing Jew. George Soros is a modern day version of Karl Marx. Louis Farrakhan thinks Hitler had the right idea. So does David Duke. So does Ahmadinejad. So does that American woman in Muslim dress standing on the street in Fort Lauderdale.

Isn't it about time someone, somewhere explains exactly what it is about the Jews that inspires this vile, purely diabolical hatred. Why, if even a fair number of Jews utterly despise their own Jewishness, and as this is an ancient hatred, persisting throughout the ages, there must be something pretty substantial to it. Hate this vile doesn't just spring out of pure air.

Jew-hatred is the elephant in the room of humanity.