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