Frank­furt in­ter­faith row

The Jewish Chronicle - - WORLD NEWS -

FRANK­FURT’S JEWISH com­mu­nity has quit a state in­ter­faith coun­cil over al­legedly an­tisemitic and anti-Is­rael state­ments by lo­cal Mus­lim lead­ers, some of whom are mem­bers of the in­ter-re­li­gious panel.

Among other of­fend­ing state­ments, a press re­lease from the Is­lamic Re­li­gious As­so­ci­a­tion of Hessen ac­cused the Cen­tral Coun­cil of Jews in Ger­many of us­ing the is­sue of an­ti­semitism in Europe “to di­vert at­ten­tion from the war crimes of the Is­raeli govern­ment”.

One mem­ber of the Hessen as­so­ci­a­tion, who also sits on the in­ter­faith coun­cil, posted a link to a vir­u­lently anti-Is­rael ar­ti­cle on his Face­book page.

Leo Latasch, the Jewish com­mu­nity’s head of so­cial af­fairs, said: “These are not peo­ple with whom we can work”.

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