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Our statement on attitudes to the conflict in Gaza

6 August 2014

We are aware that many residents of Greater Manchester, will be very concerned about the conflict between Hamas and Israel which we have seen for the past several weeks. Many Greater Manchester residents will have relatives and friends who live in Israel and Gaza. Even those who have no direct connection with either location will be concerned about the loss of life, injuries that will blight the lives of survivors, and the distress that always accompanies such conflict.

At times like this, passions run high.

The Muslim Jewish Forum has only one main purpose, which is reproduced below:

The objects for which the Forum is established are to develop the cultural and social ties between the Muslim and Jewish Communities of Greater Manchester; to educate members of the Muslim and Jewish Communities in relation to their shared values and common Abrahamic tradition, heritage, history and culture; and to promote better understanding within the wider community of the interests and values that are common to the Muslim and Jewish Communities.

Accordingly, the Muslim Jewish Forum has not taken, and will not take, any position on the Gaza conflict and the conduct of the parties to the dispute. That does not mean that the dispute is not of concern to our members; it is the legal consequence of the purposes for which we were incorporated.

Individual members of the Muslim Jewish Forum, whether members of the Executive or ordinary members, in their personal capacities, are free to take any position on the Gaza conflict that they wish.

However we urge everyone in Greater Manchester, whether a member of the MJF or not, to remember the following:

It is essential that we all be able to live together harmoniously as fellow citizens of Greater Manchester. There is no incompatibility between that vital goal and the civil expression of one’s views about the Gaza conflict.

 

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