Official Support from the Jewish Community for the Muslim Community

The Jewish community is deeply saddened and concerned by the recent number of bombing and arson attacks on mosques since the appalling murder of Drummer Lee Rigby.

The planting of bombs in places of worship such as at the Aisha Mosque in Walsall and the Wolverhampton Central Mosque is truly shocking. We utterly condemn and abhor these hateful actions against the Muslim community. It is particularly distressing that these attacks are taking place during the holy month of Ramadhan, the month of fasting, praying, acts of generosity and charity from Muslims.

As a fellow minority group we are particularly sensitive to hate crimes and we extend our full support and solidarity with the British Muslims. The perpetrators of these attacks seek to cause divisions and mistrust between different groups in our society and we are certain that they will not succeed in their endeavours.

We wish the Muslim community to know that we share their sorrows and concerns about these Islamophobic attacks on them and their places of worship and pray that God will remove all hatred and enmity from among all people so that we shall all live peacefully as one nation in this country.

Rabbi Ivan Binstock, Dayan, London Beth Din
Rabbi Danny Rich, Chief Executive, Liberal Judaism
Rabbi Sybil Sheridan, Chair, Assembly of Reform Rabbis UK
Rabbi Jonathan Wittenberg, Senior Rabbi, Masorti Judaism UK
National Council of Imams and Rabbis, The Joseph Interfaith Foundation