The Government’s Islamophobia adviser has told the Board of Deputies that the Jewish and Muslim communities “must stand together on hate”.
Imam Qari Asim, charged with advising on a definition of Islamophobia, was speaking during an interfaith conference on Sunday alongside Jewish, Christian and Sikh religious leaders.
Speaking on a panel chaired by Board vice-president Edwin Shuker, Imam Asim said: “Islamophobia and antisemitism have been on the rise in recent years with increasing attacks on Muslims and Jews.
“This is why our communities must stand together against hate, and the Board of Deputies is right to empower more interfaith activists through events such as this conference.”
Other speakers included Jemma Levene from Hope Not Hate, Elizabeth Harris-Sawczenko, the Director of the Council of Christians and Jews, Revd Dr Jonathan Dean from the Methodist Church, Randeep Singh Lall, founder of Sikh charity SWAT, and Rabbi Helen Freeman from the West London Synagogue.
A mixture of academics, activists and community members engaged in sessions covering a range of interfaith topics, from tackling racism, to scriptural reasoning and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Shuker said: “The conference was designed to empower participants by widening their network of contacts and share successful interfaith projects and best practices. Feedback and evaluations were very encouraging.”
Positive & engaging discussions around #Interfaith in Action. Serious and systematic #Education about the Other as well as practical actions are required to break down barriers. #BoDInterfaith @BoardofDeputies pic.twitter.com/2dm9SygYh8
— Qari Asim MBE (@QariAsim) September 8, 2019
Thank you for helping to make Jewish News the leading source of news and opinion for the UK Jewish community. Today we're asking for your invaluable help to continue putting our community first in everything we do.
Unlike other Jewish media, we do not charge for content. That won’t change. Because we are free, we rely on advertising to cover our costs. This vital lifeline, which has dropped in recent years, has fallen further due to coronavirus.
For as little as £5 a month you can help sustain the vital work we do in celebrating and standing up for Jewish life in Britain.
Jewish News holds our community together and keeps us connected. Like a synagogue, it’s where people turn to feel part of something bigger. It also proudly shows the rest of Britain the vibrancy and rich culture of modern Jewish life.
You can make a quick and easy one-off or monthly contribution of £5, £10, £20 or any other sum you’re comfortable with.
100% of your donation will help us continue celebrating our community, in all its dynamic diversity...
Being a community platform means so much more than producing a newspaper and website. One of our proudest roles is media partnering with our invaluable charities to amplify the outstanding work they do to help us all.
There’s no shortage of oys in the world but Jewish News takes every opportunity to celebrate the joys too, through projects like Night of Heroes, 40 Under 40 and other compelling countdowns that make the community kvell with pride.
In the first collaboration between media outlets from different faiths, Jewish News worked with British Muslim TV and Church Times to produce a list of young activists leading the way on interfaith understanding.
Royal Mail issued a stamp honouring Holocaust hero Sir Nicholas Winton after a Jewish News campaign attracted more than 100,000 backers. Jewish News also produces special editions of the paper highlighting pressing issues including mental health and Holocaust remembrance.
In an age when news is readily accessible, Jewish News provides high-quality content free online and offline, removing any financial barriers to connecting people.
Voice of our community to wider society
The Jewish News team regularly appears on TV, radio and on the pages of the national press to comment on stories about the Jewish community. Easy access to the paper on the streets of London also means Jewish News provides an invaluable window into the community for the country at large.
We hope you agree all this is worth preserving.