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Rabbi on Islam channel

by: SJ reporter - Last updated: 2005-11-22

Rabbi Tony Bayfield

Rabbi Tony Bayfield

The head of the Reform movement in the UK has taken part in a live debate on the Islam Channel. Rabbi Tony Bayfield took part in the Agenda programme presented by Muslim convert and journalist Yvonne Ridley.

“I was incredibly nervous, especially as there was a phone-in dimension to the programme," said Rabbi Bayfield. "What became very clear was that the overwhelming majority of Muslims in this country experience the same wish simply to be accepted and understood that the Jewish community experienced several generations ago.” 
 
As well as Rabbi Bayfield, the programme featured Rev. Marcus Braybrooke and Roger Boase, who are members of the Sternberg Centre Jewish-Christian-Muslim Dialogue Group. Among the topics of discussion were the government’s anti-terror legislation, the riots in France and the earthquake in Pakistan.