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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).
Janet Levy


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.

Signed by:


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

Jewish Students Association of Austria
Austria

Union of Muslim Students of Austria
Austria

Federal Union of Jewish Students
Germany

Council of Muslim Students and Academics
Germany

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