There is a New Wind of Change for Stronger Muslim and Jewish Relations

A wind of change is coming and it has been re-ignited by national and political alliances between Israel and the United Arab Emirates. Whatever the dynamics behind the politics, the truth is that Muslims and Jews are in a better place by hands of peace being offered, rather than the dialogue of conflict and the force of arms. One of the most divisive elements between both faith communities has been Read more

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Anti-Semitism: The Trap Muslims Fall Into When Discussing Israel And Palestine

Background I was asked to write a piece on the sensitive topic of Israel and Palestine and how some Muslims seem to find themselves reciting anti-semitic tropes when discussing the issue. At first, I was reluctant to agree to it, given that such a sensitive topic would be received both positively and negatively from most people on either side of the divide. However, I felt that if this issue wasn’t Read more

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PITTSBURGH TREE OF LIFE ANNIVERSARY STATEMENT FROM MUSLIMS AGAINST ANTISEMITISM

On Saturday 27THNovember 2018, shortly after the Shabbat service started at 9.45am at Pittsburgh Tree Life Synagogue, led by Rabbi Jeffrey Hill, an individual with the sole aim of murdering as many Jews as possible defiled what should be a place of holy sanctuary, peace and joy by shooting dead 11 Jewish people. What happened in Pittsburgh was not an isolated incident.It pains us deeply to say it, but due Read more

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Standing up to Antisemitism: It’s not always easy, but always necessary

Please listen to Elizabeth Arif-Fear’s personal story that will provide you with an insight into the horrors of antisemitism. It’s an emotional, raw account, which as fellow human beings we should all be able to relate to in the spirit of humanity. We have also included the antisemitic abuse Elizabeth received on Twitter and how people seeing this spoke out in support of her. Here you see the picture Liz Read more

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We will not succumb to Hate

We will not succumb to hate In the last 8 months the world has seen a wave of violent attacks on faiths. They have been attacks at the heart of our communities intending to divide us, inspire more hate and more attacks of the same. In October of last year eleven people were killed in the deadliest attack on the Jewish community in the United States.[1] The terrorist opened fire Read more

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Stronger Together. The world proves terrorist Brenton Tarrant wrong.

50 killed including as young as three; a globe in mourning. A white supremacist with a camera strapped to himself hoping to gain fame as a hero and possible martyr for his successful mission in ensuring racial dominance has slaughtered 50 including a boy as young as three. In his sickening, lethal manifesto he purports immigration to be destroying communities and he claims to be acting for many that share Read more

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University of Essex Suspends Worker Over Antisemitism Allegations

A worker has been suspended amid an anti-Semitism row at the University of Essex. The member of staff has been suspended while allegations are independently investigated. The university said a Jewish society will be created on campus regardless of a vote in which more than 200 students opposed it. Concerns have been raised by the Union of Jewish Students over posts from the Facebook account of lecturer Dr Maaruf Ali, Read more

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Not funny. Why we must challenge ‘casual anti-Semitism’

A friend of mine went on a date recently where she was asked, out of apparent curiosity, where Jews typically live in London. In listing areas she mentioned Golders Green. She was met with the comment: ‘Oh that’s why it is called Golder’s Green’ When the date was pushed on what he meant by this he replied: ‘Well you know Jews and all their money’ Appalled and shocked my friend Read more

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It’s no laughing matter – time to challenge conspiracy

MAAS will be building a library of useful aids to challenge anti-Semitism. We will take manifestations of anti-Semitism and provide useful means to help you challenge them. First in this series we are looking at collective blame and conspiracy theories surrounding 9/11. 9/11 has seen hateful narratives created against both Muslims and Jews and in seeing how both of theses narratives have been created, their basis and why they are Read more

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Win the War? I’m not Fighting!

Unpicking the Narrative of Bias We live surrounded by invective, toxic opinion, and a lot of SHOUTING. It is hardly surprising or blameworthy: there’s a great deal wrong with the world, and trying to be part of the solution is difficult and frustrating. Add to that the time pressures we are all under, the imperative to always produce and excel, so prominent in  the corridors of power and in our Read more

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