British Muslim leaders have taken out a full-page ad in several major UK newspapers to condemn anti-Semitism.

Appearing in both The Telegraph and Metro, the ad, which was signed by a group called Muslims Against Anti-Semitism, read: “We understand that many in our country empathise with the Palestinians and their right to a sovereign state.

“However, we must be ever vigilant against those who cynically use international issues to vilify Jews or promote anti-Semitic tropes.”

The ad was signed by the leaders of groups including Faith Matters, a Muslim anti-extremism group; the Association of British Muslims, and Tell MAMA, a clearinghouse for complaints about anti-Muslim attacks.

The Board of Deputies of British Jews praised the ad on Twitter, saying: “Incredible solidarity – a full-page ad by Muslim sisters & brothers in today’s @Telegraph,” it said. “Thank you. Together we will defeat the twin evils of antisemitism & anti-Muslim hate.”