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Board talks with Muslim Council

Last updated: 2004-02-23

The Board of Deputies hosted a further meeting with the Muslim Council of Britain (MCB) last week to discuss areas of cooperation between the Jewish and Muslim communities.

The Board and MCB agreed to continue working in parallel to counter the ban on kosher and halal meat in Britain as proposed by the Farm Animal Welfare Council. It was also agreed to develop cooperation on arrangements for the practice of religious circumcision. The Board would support efforts by the MCB to seek arrangements through the NHS in areas where there is a significant Muslim population.

The Board and the MCB are also cooperating in the fight against antisemitism and Islamophobia. Both communities are actively working to frustrate efforts by the Far Right to gain seats in the June elections. The Board will also continue to work closely with MCB to ensure the protection of the religious rights of all faith communities in the UK.

Board President Henry Grunwald QC commented: "This was another very positive meeting. Both communities have recognised that we must work together on the issues that we share. We particularly stressed the importance of encouraging people to come out and vote in the forthcoming local and European elections: this is the best way of defeating the BNP. The Board also welcomed the fact that there are Muslims who have attended and participated in local events to mark Holocaust Memorial Day, and expressed the hope that the MCB could become associated with the national ceremony in the future.

"We agreed that it was important for our two communities to work together, and we look forward to continuing these meetings on a regular basis."