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Jewish Muslim dialogue

by: Leslie Bunder - Last updated: 2007-03-20

Muslim Council of Britain

Muslim Council of Britain

Better engagement between Muslims and Jews looks set to be on the agenda following the appearance of a Muslim leader at a Jewish Community Centre for London (JCC) event.

Inayat Bunglawala, assistant secretary general of the Muslim Council of Britain (MCB) took part in a panel discussion at the Everyman Cinema Club in Hampstead, north west London exploring the theme "Does more unite Jews and Muslims than divides us?".

In speaking to a Jewish audience for the first time, Bunglawala said of Jewish faith education: "The Muslim community could learn lots from the extremely high standards set by Jewish schools".

Bunglawala also revealed that his organisation which has historically snubbed Holocaust Memorial Day, has started to review its position by consulting with its membership on the current position.

Adrian Cohen, chair of the London Jewish Forum who shared a platform with Bunglawala revealed the two had much in common, as they both went to the same school in Ilford, Essex and that there is a need for better relations suggesting "commonality on a permanent two-state solution to the Israel-Palestine conflict and a reappraisal of the decision not to participate in HMD would help the process of dialogue between the two communities."

As well as Bunglawala and Cohen, Independent journalist Yasmin Alibhai-Brown and Professor David Cesarani also took part in the panel discussion.