‘We will never ac­cept anti-Mus­lim hate’, pres­i­dent tells if­tar re­cep­tion

The Jewish Chronicle - - NEWS - BY DANIEL SUGARMAN

THE BOARD of Deputies pres­i­dent has pledged her sol­i­dar­ity with the Mus­lim com­mu­nity at an if­tar event.

Marie van der Zyl told those present at Lon­don’s Cen­tral Sy­n­a­gogue that the Board “will never ac­cept peo­ple in­cit­ing ha­tred against Mus­lims, whether this oc­curs on the street, on­line, or in any po­lit­i­cal party.

“Let me be clear, it is ab­so­lutely the re­spon­si­bil­ity of all po­lit­i­cal par­ties to prop­erly in­ves­ti­gate racism in their ranks. I can as­sure you that, in my ten­ure as pres­i­dent, you can count on me as a com­mit­ted ally of the Mus­lim com­mu­nity.”

The if­tar, the tra­di­tional din­ner at which Mus­lims break their fast dur­ing the month of Ra­madan, was hosted by the Board. At­ten­dees in­cluded Laura Marks and Julie Sid­diqi, co-chairs of the Nisa-Nashim women’s in­ter­faith group, and Fiyaz Mughal, founder of a num­ber of in­ter­faith groups in­clud­ing the new Mus­lims Against An­ti­semitism or­gan­i­sa­tion.

Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis told the din­ner: “Jews and Mus­lims are part of the same his­toric fam­ily. Our friends here tonight are true and gen­uine brethren in ev­ery sense.”

Mr Mughal said: “The re­cent sig­nif­i­cant rise in an­ti­semitism... can­not be left and it is the duty of us all, in­clud­ing Mus­lim com­mu­ni­ties, to stand up and chal­lenge it where we find it.

“Pro­tect­ing the dig­nity, in­tegrity and well-be­ing of our Jewish broth­ers and sis­ters is the right thing to do. We stand with them, as Mus­lims at this time.”

Marie van der Zyl speaks at the if­tar din­ner

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