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Growing antisemitism and anti-Muslim hate in Europe is a wake up call

Last Sunday, on the 5th of October 2020, a young Jewish student coming out of a synagogue in Hamburg was attacked by a man wearing army fatigues. He was carrying a shovel with him, which was used in the antisemitic attack. This came less than a year from another antisemitic attack in the eastern city of Halle. The perpetrator in the latest attack was arrested and a piece of paper Read more

With a new year comes renewed commitments – Including fighting Holocaust denial

[By Elizabeth Arif-Fear, Trustee (MAAS)] Just when we think things couldn’t get any more shocking when it comes to antisemitism, a recent survey came out, with once again disheartening results. Commissioned by the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany (Claims Conference), the research looked into the views of millennial and Generation X adults’ (aged 18 and 35) in the USA surrounding the Holocaust. The results revealed some disturbing realities Read more

The strange case of the ‘Holohoax’: How social media is providing a warm home to conspiracy theories

Jewish communities have, for as long as history has been recorded, faced a significant threat because of who they are. These threats have materialised in a number of ways, for example, through the use of conspiracy theories. Such theories are, but not limited to, Jews running the global financial markets, or controlling the media. The prevalence of such theories can be found on the world wide web, a place where Read more

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

As the Economy Falters Post Covid, Jews & Muslims Have Joint Risks

As we still work our way through this pandemic, the numbers of people who are being made redundant is rapidly growing. More and more people are losing their jobs, this after a decade plus of austerity that was felt in local communities by pressures on local services, including slow rates of wage growth. History has shown us that a ‘perfect storm’ of conditions, including large scale unemployment, political instability, societal Read more

Appeals against conviction of Nazi camp guard dropped

All appeals against the conviction of a 93-year-old Nazi concentration camp guard have been dropped, a Hamburg court has said. The move makes the decision legally binding and paves the way for possible future prosecutions. Bruno Dey was convicted last month of 5,232 counts of accessory to murder in Hamburg state court – equal to the number of people believed to have been killed at Stutthof during his service there Read more

Antisemitism Takes the Form of ‘Anti-Zionism’ Within Parts of Our Co-Religionists

The sad reality is that the ‘Israel and Palestine’ circular debate has caused serious strains in community relations between Muslims and Jews in the last three to four decades. Much of this intolerance found itself couched in antisemitism through antisemitic tropes by a small but vociferous number of co-religionists. That openly antisemitic discourse changed in the last decade as antisemitism was increasingly highlighted and called out online and it morphed Read more

MAAS statement on Twitter’s failings to address perpetual antisemitic abuse

At Muslims Against Antisemitism (MAAS), we unequivocally condemn all forms of antisemitism and remain deeply shocked and disappointed by both the antisemitic abuse perpetuated by British rapper Wiley and the failure of Twitter authorities to adequately respond to the series of antisemitic and violent tweets sent over a recent 48 hour period, commencing on the 24th July 2020. Antisemitism is an increasing threat globally and we cannot and must not Read more

Mixed Marriages Between Muslims and Jews

Little is discussed about mixed marriages between Muslims and Jews. We know that these marriages have produced hope and endearing memories for many and we know that they also transcend religion and politics, so that people can connect with one another at a spiritual and personal level. Muslims Against Antisemitism is keen to hear from such mixed couples, so that we can highlight your experiences and your thoughts. More than Read more

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