With greatest concern we see how the terrible events in the Middle East show a deeply worrying impact in Europe leading to mistrust and prejudice that can lead to violence. It is time for us to be there for each other in difficult times. An attack on one of us, is an attack on all of us. While amongst our membership and beyond we know that such solidarity exists, there is the need to broaden and amplify that message.
The goals of the MJLC Board in addressing any potential tensions in Europe are as follows:
- The MJLC reaffirms that our work and initiatives are firmly focused on cooperation between Jewish and Muslim communities across Europe. Our focus very much remains on our communities and the solidarity between them and to inspire others to do the same.
- The MJLC reiterates that the violence occurring in the Middle East which also impacts our communities in Europe is not religious in nature. Both Islam and Judaism abhor violence and terrorism, and do not condone the killing of civilians, kidnapping and other acts of violence and demand that international law prevails. All sacred sites anywhere need to be protected.
- The MJLC firmly condemns any calls for instigation, hostilities or attacks against Jews, Muslims and their institutions in Europe and beyond. We speak out against any demonstrations that glorify terrorism.
- Dialogue and peaceful cooperation are never more vital than during times of conflict. As such the MJLC calls upon Muslim and Jewish communities in Europe alike to keep an open mind towards each other and act in a spirit of cooperation in these dark times when it is most needed. We call upon local and national authorities and media representatives to involve and collaborate Jewish and Muslim religious leaders to avoid disorder, hatred and polarisation.
- We strive to create and foster concrete action between Muslims and Jews as European citizens. The “MJLC Ambassadors Programme” of young Jewish and Muslim community leaders joining hands in their cities is an excellent example of this.