In an unprecedented move, the Muslim Council of Britain and the Board of Deputies of British Jews have issued the following joint statement.
"There is no doubt that Muslims and Jews have deeply held views about the conflict in Israel and Palestine. We acknowlede that our communities may disagree about the origins, current reasons and solutions to end the conflict. But there are also points of agreement.
The death of every civilian is a tragedy and every effort should be taken to minimise such losses. The targeting of civilians is completely unacceptable and against our religious traditions. We pray for a speedy end to the current conflict and a lasting peace for all.
In spite of the situation in the Middle East, we must continue to work hard for good community relations in the UK. We must not import conflict. We must export peace instead.
Whilst everyone has the right to voice their political opinion, be that in a rally or on social media, we must be mindful of how we convey our protest. There can be no excuse for racism, violence, or other forms of intimidation, when expressing views in the media, on the streets, outside shops or online.
We condemn any form of Islamophobia, Antisemitism or any form of racism. We call for Muslim and Jewish communities to redouble efforts to work together and to get to know one another.
We need constructive dialogue to limit our disagreements and identify the widest possible range of areas for co-operation. There are more issues that unite us than divide us.
May the God of Abraham grant our World more peace, wisdom and hope.”
Links: www.mcb.org.uk/jews-and-muslims-call-for-peace/ and www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-28962631