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Scottish Council of Jewish Communities
Representing, connecting, and supporting Jewish people in Scotland

Welcome for SCoJeC's Statement of
Solidarity with the Muslim Community

 
30 July 2013
 

SCoJeC has been very gratified by the welcoming and supportive response to the statement of solidarity with the Muslim community that we issued following the recent increase in attacks on Muslims in Scotland and throughout the UK. During the week since the statement was posted on our website, the page has been has been visited no fewer than 768 times by readers from all over world, as well as being recirculated by many other organisations.

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An extract from our webstats – SCoJeC's statement has been read by people from all over the world

We have also received many messages of support for our stance from Muslim organisations and others:
Dr Javed Gill, the Convener of the Muslim Council of Scotland, wrote to thank us for our statement, and added:

"Although we have been extremely fortunate that no acts of significant violence have been perpetrated in Scotland, your statement gives us strength that only by standing together can we defeat the hatred that seeks to divide us. MCS has forwarded the statement to its database of Mosques, Muslim organisations and individuals in Scotland, as well as posting it on our website."

 

Fiyaz Mughal, the Director of Tell Mama, the Muslim equivalent of CST, wrote:

"Thank you to our Jewish brothers and sisters for their support."

 

Asif Sheikh, of The Edinburgh Ahlulbayt Society said:

"I write to thank you for the support and solidarity expressed in your statement. God bless you and all peoples of goodwill, Amen."

 

Javed Sattar, Director of Awaz FM, a community radio serving the Asian and African communities in Glasgow, wrote:

"Salaam/Hello and Shalom (שלום) Ephraim,
On behalf of the station we greatly appreciate the message of solidarity on hate crimes...and wishing the Muslim Community your Ramadhan wishes."

 

The head of the Scottish Government Community Safety Unit said he had retweeted our twitter post about this to their 870+ followers, and Humza Yousaf MSP, Minister for External Affairs and International Development in the Scottish Government, replied:

"Strong statement well done. Have tweeted to over 8700 followers!"

 

Stewart Maxwell MSP for the West of Scotland, issued a statement:

"I am delighted to note that the Scottish Council of Jewish Communities (SCoJeC) has issued a statement of solidarity with the Muslim community and I firmly believe that if we all stand united to condemn discriminatory behaviour against any one of us then we will remain a strong and tolerant nation."

 

Rev Sally Foster-Fulton, Convener of the Church and Society Council of the Church of Scotland, wrote to us to say that she had circulated our statement within the Church, was writing a blog in support, and that their Press Office would be issuing a press release. She wrote,

"I want to add my voice in support of their statement and echo their words of solidarity. We live in a wonderfully diverse country – one of Scotland's greatest strengths is found in the rich mix of ideas, faiths and people. We must do all we can to ensure that this tapestry is nurtured, and the ideas that flow from such a rich mixture continues to be embraced. One of the core principles of Judaism, Christianity and Islam is a radical hospitality that welcomes and affirms.

If we are to be true to our beliefs, then our task is to build relationships, not create barriers. We get to know our neighbours by spending time with them and by listening to them. We build our friendships by getting to know what makes our friends tick, what their hopes and dreams are, how they live their lives and what they believe to be important. When we become neighbours who truly know each other, we rediscover a truth that is obscured all too often in our separated society: we have more that binds us together than the differences that separate us."

Click here to read the Church's statement, which explicitly endorses SCoJeC's.

 

Mehri Niknam, the Director of the Joseph Interfaith Foundation, which promotes good relations between the Jewish and Muslim communities, wrote to congratulate us, and told us that she had posted the statement on their own Facebook page. They have since issued a similar statement endorsed by leaders of the UK Jewish Community which can be read here.
Our statement was also reported by STV.
The strength of the response has moved many members of the Jewish community, who have told us how heartening it was to read all the responses:

"I am very moved by the reaction to SCoJeC's statement on behalf of the Jewish Community in Scotland", said one, "it gives me a stronger feeling of security, and lends credence to the saying 'united we stand, divided we fall'. Thank you SCoJeC."

and another, who had printed the statement to give to a Muslim colleague, told us that the colleague was "very very moved".

 

   
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