Home > Gaza, Lebanon, Palestinian Authority > Jewish leadership urges Britain to maintain ban on Muslim Council of Britain

Jewish leadership urges Britain to maintain ban on Muslim Council of Britain

January 23, 2010 Leave a comment Go to comments

LONDON  (WJC)–The Board of Deputies of British Jews and the Jewish Leadership Council (JLC) have expressed concern about the government’s decision to lift its ban on relations with the Muslim Council of Britain (MCB), the UK’s largest Muslim organization.

In a letter addressed to the Secretary of State for Communities, John Denham, the president of the Board Vivian Wineman and the chairman of the JLC Executive Committee Mick Davis wrote: “In recent years the MCB has supported, joint-hosted and participated in many meetings, demonstrations and other events that incite the most extreme hatred of Zionists. These events are filled with active support for Hezbollah and Hamas and fuel extreme hatred against any British Jews who do not proactively denounce Israel.”

The letter insisted, however, that the Jewish community was not opposed to government dialogue with the MCB per se.

An MCB spokesman told the ‘Jewish News’ website that the Muslim umbrella organization had not yet decided whether it would be attending Holocaust Memorial Day on 27 January. He said: “We have received an invitation. Muhammad Abdul Bari, the secretary general, will be discussing this with his colleagues this weekend and will then take a decision next week.” The MCB caused offense in parts of the Jewish community when it imposed a boycott of Holocaust Memorial Day in 2006. The boycott was lifted in 2008 but representatives of the group refused to attend the commemoration last year in protest against Israel’s actions in Gaza.

*
Preceding  provided by World Jewish Congress

Advertisements
  1. carol ann goldstein
    January 25, 2010 at 7:15 pm

    The Board of Deputies of British Jews and the Jewish Leadership Council (JLC) needs to have a continuous dialogue with the Muslim Council of Britain (MCB), the UK’s largest Muslim organization.

  1. No trackbacks yet.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: