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Equating Anti-Semitism to Non-Existent "Islamophobia"- Joint Declaration by Jewish and Muslim Leaders on Europe Day
June 1, 2011
Jewish enablers, including rabbis, community leaders and philanthropists (including Ron Lauder) are providing legitimacy for the false charges of "Islamophobia" lodged by European and American Muslims.
Although Muslims are responsible for having massacred millions of non-Muslims - Hindus, Christians, Jews, Buddhists, Zoroastrians, Bahai'is, Animists, etc. - and 64% of the contents of the Koran mandates that Muslims despise, kill, behead, terrorize, crucify, deceive, rape, rob, subjugate, humiliate, curse, etc., non-Muslims, ESPECIALLY the Jews, prominent members of the worldwide Jewish clergy and leadership are coming to their defense and attempting to shield them from fabricated "Muslim-hatred."
What's more, Muslims PUBLICLY declare their hatred of Jews and their determination to annihilate Israel! Jews and Christians have NEVER done this.
Recently, an FBI study of religious hate crimes confirmed that we DO NOT have a problem with "Islamophobia" in the United States. We have a problem with anti-Semitism. 70% of religious hate crimes targeted Jews vs. 9% for Muslims (about the same as for Christians).
EUROPEAN MUSLIM AND JEWISH LEADERS: JOINT DECLARATION ON THE OCCASION OF EUROPE DAY 2011
On the occasion of Europe Day, 9 May 2011, we the undersigned representatives of Muslim and Jewish communities in Europe have come together to make this joint declaration.
Europe is our common home. Jews and Muslims live side-by-side in every European country and our two communities are important components of Europe's religious, cultural and social tapestry. Both Muslims and Jews have deep roots and historical experience on this continent. Our two faiths and communities are an integral part of Europe: past, present and future. As Jews, Muslims, and as Europeans, we are deeply concerned about the increasing manifestations of Islamophobia (anti-Muslim bigotry) and anti-Semitism in countries across Europe. We are troubled by the growth of racist and xenophobic movements. We believe that individuals and organizations espousing such malign and hateful ideologies represent a grave threat to the fundamental European values of pluralism, democracy, mutual respect and cooperation.
In response to this growing threat, we Muslims and Jews resolve to work together to counter efforts to demonize or marginalize either of our communities. Bigotry against any Jew or any Muslim is an attack on all Muslims and all Jews. We are united in our belief in the dignity of all peoples.
On this Europe Day we remember together the horrors that took place on this continent in the 1940s - a campaign of mass murder, unique in history, which resulted in the annihilation of one third of world Jewry in the Holocaust. That atrocity and others, such as the mass killing of Muslim civilians in Bosnia-Herzegovina during the 1990s, resulted from the triumph of racist and xenophobic ideologies that demonized those that they targeted.
We wish to work together with all Europeans of conscience to put a stop to any group that espouses racist or xenophobic ideologies long before they are in a position to gain legislative or other power. We must never allow anti-Semitism, Islamophobia, xenophobia or racism to become respectable in today's Europe. In that regard, we call upon all political leaders not to pander to these groups by echoing their rhetoric.
We recognise that the issues of identity, integration, multiculturalism and immigration are complex ones which need to be addressed properly and in consultation with the minority communities in Europe. However there must be no tolerance for the demonization of entire faith communities.
We dedicate our efforts on Europe Day 2011 both to the memories of past victims of genocide and to our own children and children's children. We take this stand today so that all the children of Europe will grow to maturity in friendship and mutual trust in a continent finally and blessedly free of hatred, fear and violence.
Imam Marzouk Aulad Abdellah Professor of Islamic Theology University of Amsterdam The Netherlands
Rabbi Joseph Abittan Chief Rabbi of Nice France
Grand Mufti Dr. Mustafa Cerić Interreligious Council of Bosnia-Herzegovina Bosnia-Herzegovina
Imam Hassen Chalghoumi Drancy Mosque France
Mrs. Ayse Cindilkaya Vice-President, Council of Muslim Students and Academics in Germany Germany
Mr. Serge Cwajgenbaum Secretary General European Jewish Congress France
Sheikh Prof. Mohamed El Sharkawy Dean Al-Azhar College of Islamic Studies United Kingdom
Mufti Izzedine Elzir President Union of Islamic Italian Communities Italy
Rabbi Raphael Evers Chief Rabbi of Amsterdam The Netherlands
Dr. Mohamed Fernane President Judeo-Muslim Friendship Association of the Alpes Region France
Rabbi Herschel Gluck Chairman Muslim-Jewish Forum United Kingdom
Rabbi Marc-RaphaŽl Guedj Chairman Roots and Sources Switzerland
Chief Rabbi Albert Guigui The Great Synagogue of Brussels & Europe Belgium
Mrs. Aicha Haddou President Belgian Women of Faith Network Belgium
Mrs. Nadine Iarchy-Zucker Chair of the Interfaith Standing Committee International Council of Jewish Women Belgium
Mr. Mohamed Kajaj Vice President European Council of Moroccan Clerics Belgium
Dr. Moshe Kantor President European Jewish Congress Russian Federation
Sheikha Halima Krausen Initiative for Islamic Studies Germany
Rabbi Joseph Levi Chief Rabbi of Florence Italy
Rabbi Reuben Livingstone Chairman Children of Abraham United Kingdom
Imam Yahya Sergio Yahe Pallavicini President Italian Islamic Religious Community Italy
Dr. Richard Prasquier President French Jewish Institutions Representative Council France
Imam Fatih Şahan Spokesperson Turkish Islamic Religious Union Germany
Imam Dr. Abduljalil Sajid Chairman Muslim Council for Religious and Racial Harmony United Kingdom
Prof. Anas Schakfeh President Islamic Community of Austria Austria
Rabbi Marc Schneier President Foundation for Ethnic Understanding United States
Rabbi Michel Serfaty President French Judeo-Muslim Friendship Association France
Mr. Ilja Sichrovsky Secretary General Muslim Jewish Conference Austria
Rabbi Awraham Soetendorp President and Founder, Jacob Soetendorp Institute for Human Values Netherlands
Rabbi Benjamin Soussan Chief Rabbi of Baden Germany
Dr. Maram Stern Deputy Secretary General World Jewish Congress Belgium
Mr. Benjamin Zagzag Chairman European Union of Jewish Students France
Mr. Mohamed Munaf Zina Co-Chair of Muslim Jewish Forum United Kingdom