Hatred Cannot Hold Us Hostage: A Jewish-Muslim Call for Solidarity |
NEW YORK, January 16, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — The Muslim-Jewish Advisory Council released the following statement:
As Muslims and Jews committed to our communities and our country, we stand together in condemning the heinous act of targeted violence at the Beth Israel Synagogue in Colleyville, Texas. Four Jews, including the synagogue’s rabbi, were held hostage for ten hours until security forces secured their release. Faced with this horrifying episode, we pledge to redouble our efforts to combat anti-Semitism by United States, whatever its source, and however it manifests itself: whether in the form of hateful attitudes, sectarian discourse or targeted violence.
Both Jewish and Islamic traditions teach that diversity is a sign of the holiness of creation and that our Creator endowed all people with dignity and freedom.
We denounce any ideology, whether religious or political, that justifies attacks on people based on who they are or how they choose to worship.
We call on our communities and all people of good will to come together in solidarity. We ask our allies to learn to identify the many sources and manifestations of anti-Semitism and to show solidarity with Jewish neighbors and friends at this time of vulnerability. Likewise, we encourage Jews across the country to remain proud of their identity and not shrink from the free expression of their faith for fear of being attacked.
Together, we pledge to use this incident to achieve better understanding and to work together to combat all forms of hate, including anti-Semitism and Islamophobia. We reject any attempt to use the identity of the perpetrator to stir up hatred against all Muslims.
We are grateful to federal and local law enforcement for their effective response to ensure that all hostages were released without physical harm. There is a long road to healing ahead of the members of Beth Israel Synagogue, and Muslims and Jews across the country are on their side and ready to help.
The Muslim-Jewish Advisory Council (MJAC) is a network of hundreds of Muslims and Jews across the country who advocate together on national issues of common concern to our communities and to all Americans. Since its founding, MJAC has been at the forefront of advocating for a better public response to hate crimes and domestic terrorism. The MJAC has held several virtual workshops with the US Department of Justice to improve the protection of places of worship, and is currently hosting the Tackle! Upstander training to help improve local targeted violence prevention frameworks.
Founded in 2016 by the American Jewish Committee with partners from the Muslim community, the MJAC has created eleven regional councils, notably in Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW MJAC) in 2017, to act together for the good of both communities and build inter-municipal solidarity. DFW MJAC members were among those working with law enforcement in Colleyville and on hand to offer support to the Beth Israel Synagogue community amid the crisis.
SOURCE The Muslim-Jewish Advisory Council