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Leaders show unity

by: Leslie Bunder - Last updated: 2003-12-01

Chief Rabbi and Cardinal

Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor and Chief Rabbi

Religious leaders including Jewish, Catholic and Church of England are to unite and condemn the rising tide of anti-semitic attacks that have been occuring across Europe against Jewish people and their property.

Under the auspices of the Council of Christians and Jews, the leaders will issue a statment that deplores such action.

It is expected that the joint declaration will be issued before Christmas and comes less than a month after devastating attacks in Istanbul which saw two synagogues destoyed and both Jews and Muslims killed.

Lending their name to the statement will be Chief Rabbi Dr Jonathan Sacks, Rabbi Albert Friedlander, Dr Rowan Williams and Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor.

Over recent years there has been a rising tide of attacks to synagogues and cemeteries in Britain, Germany, France and Turkey.

According to the UK-based Community Security Trust in 1996 there were 228 reported anti-semitic incidents which rose to 350 in 2002.

Related links:

Council of Christians and Jews
Community Security Trust