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Shoulder to shoulder against far right

Here’s a story that probably won’t get the coverage it deserves – leading Jewish figures in north London have made a stand against far right extremist’s anti-Muslim campaign.

The Jewish Chronicle says that Rabbis have signed an open letter in protest a group called Stop Islamisation of Europe, which is planning a local protest. The paper reports:

A letter signed by rabbis Aaron Goldstein, Hillel Athias-Robles, Kathleen Middleton, Frank Dabba Smith, and Michael Hilton has offered support for the borough’s Muslims.

In an attack on “those whose only purpose is to spread hatred and fear”, they wrote: “We share the desire of the Muslim community of Harrow to respect our mutual traditions, to learn from each other’s cultures and ways of life, and to live together in peace.”

The coming together of Jewish and Muslim leaders, united in opposing the far right, is fantastic news. Not least because it shows that the community won’t be divided by hateful extremists; and that whatever our political differences we all share a common humanity, just as various nations stood together against the tyranny of Hitler.

Lester Holloway

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