Tuesday, 15 November 2016

For years, whenever Jews and Muslims engaged in dialogue and activism together, it usually concerned — or foundered — on one issue: the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. With Donald Trump’s ascent to the presidency, that appears to be changing. 
Regardless of what’s happening across the ocean, Jews and Muslims in the United States are joining together to fight for shared domestic concerns. “It is a perhaps growing recognition that [the Israeli-Palestinian conflict] cannot define how American Jews and American Muslims relate to one another,” said Rabbi David Fox Sandmel, the Anti-Defamation League’s director of interreligious engagement. “The shared concerns we have about prejudice, about bias, about threats of violence, about disenfranchisement — these are the kinds of things that can bring us together.” 
On Monday, the American Jewish Committee and the Islamic Society of North America launched the Muslim-Jewish Advisory Council, a group of religious and business leaders from both communities who will help draft domestic policy legislation and advocate on issues of shared concern. 
The ADL is planning to increase its efforts to provide support for legal and legislative efforts in the fight against anti-Muslim bigotry. And the Shalom Hartman Institute’s Muslim Leadership Initiative, which educates young Muslim leaders about Judaism and Israel, held a retreat over the weekend titled “Living in Trump’s America: Muslim Vulnerability and Jewish Echoes.” 
“What’s happened as a result of the poisonous atmosphere that Trump has created is that American Muslims are desperate for allies,” said Yossi Klein Halevi, the Muslim Leadership Initiative’s co-director. “And the argument that MLI has made to the Muslim community — which is that the Jews are, at least in theory, natural allies for embattled Muslims — now has become compelling.”
The newly formed Muslim-Jewish Advisory Council, which has 31 members from both communities, formed shortly before Trump was elected last week. The council will focus on protecting the right to wear religious head coverings, prohibiting discrimination in the workplace, recording hate crimes and advocating for immigrants and refugees, according to Robert Silverman, the American Jewish Committee’s director of Muslim-Jewish relations. “It is a reaction to some of the bigotry and hate speech that came out of the campaign,” Silverman said. “We’re concerned about the public discourse in the whole country. We’re also concerned about messages that originated within the two communities. The Trump phenomenon is only going to make it come together more quickly.” 
Jewish activists who have long championed Jewish-Muslim collaboration believe their community is finally coming around. Rabbi Marc Schneier, co-founder of the Foundation for Ethnic Understanding, which brings together leaders from the two religions, says he hopes Jews will come to the defense of Muslims if Trump follows through on his proposals to ban Muslims from entering the country, or to create a registry of American Muslims. 
In June, Schneier’s foundation launched an initiative called Muslims are Speaking Out that highlights Muslim condemnations of extremism and aims to dispel misconceptions Americans have about the Muslim community. “We have the obstacle of greater Islamophobia and anti-Muslim rhetoric,” Schneier said. “The opportunity is that this is another test for the American Jewish community. Will it step up to the plate, and will it perform as it has done in the past?”

Same thing in Europe.
President-elect Donald Trump’s victory marks the beginning of a new world order, and rabbinical leaders across Europe are concerned about how this will impact their continent and its Jewish population, Conference of European Rabbis (CER) President Rabbi Pinchas Goldschmidt said Tuesday. 
At the biannual CER Standing Committee gathered for the second day in Minsk, Goldschmidt, who is also the Chief Rabbi of Moscow, told The Jerusalem Post that he believes US influence over its allies and other countries in the world is going to be greatly diminished under Trump’s leadership.
Pinchas warned Trump against engaging with patriot parties in Europe.
Turning to Europe, Goldschmidt said that populist parties across the continent have been strengthened by the success of populism in the US. But he warned that there is a significant difference between Trump and his Republican party, and the Freedom Party of Austria or Marine Le Pen's National Front party in France, which he describes as “the most extreme right-wing parties which have been founded by Nazi collaborators and pro-Nazi sympathizers.”

Jews are forming "alliances" with unspecified parties to defend their practice of inflicting unnecessary suffering on animals. I think we can guess who those unspecified parties are.
“What we see right now is a revolution happening in the world,” Goldschmidt says. “Europe has been weakened with Brexit and we fear now that with new winds blowing from the US, Europe is going to change as well. And not for the better.” 
The CER, which comprises more than 700 Jewish religious leaders across Europe, is bracing for a tougher battle over efforts to ban elements of Jewish religious practice. Having already spent the past 10 years fending off attacks against shechita (kosher slaughter) and brit mila (circumcision), the CER's stated aim is to maintain and defend the religious rights of Jews in Europe. 
"The CER’s mission to protect the freedoms of the Jews here," Goldschmidt has stated, noting that the body of rabbis is reaching out to both Jews and non-Jews, and building coalitions across the board in its work to counter potential restrictions on Jewish life.


  1. Mainstream jewish orgs such as the ADL and the AJC are involved, not fringe jewish groups. I wonder what the counterjewhad is going to say about high level jewish-muslim colaboration.

    1. The counter-jewhad is too involved with making sure that no mention of Jews or Judaism, in relation to ideology or the presence of Jews as the leading lights of some of the most destructive policies in history (abortion, multiculturalism, Communism, sexual perversion, paedophilia, slavery, world wars, middle eastern wars, etc), is every mentioned other than to bemoan all those 'self-loathing Jews' (a favourite means of trying to deflect attention from the dominance of Jews).

  2. Firstly, historically and ideologically, Jews and Moslems share very similar ideologies and activities (this site had an article up re the fact that 90% of Sharia law, according to Islamic scholars, is derived from Judaism. Also, Jews literally opened the gates of Spanish cities to Moslem conquerors and were also involved in the administration of Christian conquered cities or countries under Moslem rule. This latest movement is being pitched as an example of trying to heal breaches between Islam and Judaism when, in reality, it means greater repression of freedom of speech and faith for Christians, world-wide. Once the Bolshevik Jews took power in the Soviet Union, they declared 'anti-semitism' to be a crime and commenced policies of murder, in the thousands, of Christian clergy, destruction of Christian churches and the enforced starvation of millions (Holodomor, principally in Ukraine) and torture and imprisonment in gulags of thousands of Russian Christians. We should not underestimate in the least their ultimate goal of dominance in the world, through mass migration movements, societal and financial chaos and control of all means of communication. Certainly in Britain, France, Germany, Sweden and the US, they have been the principal instigators of ever increasing restrictions of our freedoms. The ideology needs to be fully exposed, not only its tactics and goals.

    1. Jews created Islam by their domination of Arabia. Many Jews became Muslims. That's why Jews readily accepted "Arab" help mass murdering Hispanics and Visigoth rulers. The whole point was to stop the "anti-Semitism" of laws that barred Jews from owning Christians.

      This is the only narrative that makes logical sense to me.

  3. Apparently, Goldschmidt hasn't read Heinz-Christian Strache's toadying to Judaism (he's the had of Austria's Freedom Party): anti-semitism is a 'crime against humanity'. I'd like to believe in the parties in Europe which are speaking out against islamisation but these type of comments (mirroring what happend once Jews had power in Russia from 1917 onwards) lead me to suspect these parties may only be fronts for jewish control over the already restricted freedoms of Europeans.

    1. Here's the link; it was at a conference in Vienna on 'New Anti-Semitism in Europe'; this includes a link to the article on FPO's own website:


      I believe Strache's campaign manager is jewish so this may be a case of his supporting further restrictions on free speech in return for being helped to political power