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Euro Imams, Rabbis Pledge Zero Tolerance for Hate Preachers

British Imam Abdul-Jalil Sajid (in white) seated next to Yitzhak Halba, the Chief Rabbi of Turkey and Mustafa Ceric, the Grand Mufti of Bosnia-Herzegovina. Photo by Alan Azaria from Ha’aretz.

by Tom Heneghan and Nicholas Vinocur
from Reuters

PARIS (Reuters)- Seventy European Muslim and Jewish leaders pledged on Wednesday to show “zero tolerance” to hate preachers of any faith including their own ranks, citing what they called rising religious intolerance on the continent.

Imams, rabbis and community leaders from 18 countries agreed to jointly counter bigotry against Jews and Muslims and combat legal threats to common religious practices such as circumcision of boys and the kosher and halal ritual slaughter of animals.

The two-day meeting brought together Muslim-Jewish teams from around Europe to compare experiences in fighting religious prejudice and report on recent trends against minority faiths.

There have been several attacks on Jews in Europe this year, some from radical Muslims. In the worst case, a French Islamist killed a rabbi and three children at a Jewish school in Toulouse last March.

Extreme right-wing political parties are also increasingly agitating against Jews and Muslims, participants in the meeting said.

“We must institute a ‘zero tolerance’ policy against religious leaders of any faith who misuse their pulpits to incite religious bigotry,” they said in a declaration.
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September 15th, 2012 at 3:58 pm


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