Jewish, Muslim leaders respond to ‘assault’ on their religious practices in Europe

Click photo to download. Caption: European Jewish Congress President Moshe Kantor (pictured) said "recent attacks against our religious practices in Europe are an assault on all people of faith and they are indeed an attack on freedom of expression, the very basis for a free, democratic and tolerant European society." Credit: Wikimedia Commons.(JNS.org) Amid attempts to ban circumcision in Germany and ritual slaughter in the Netherlands, Jewish and Muslim leaders are uniting to fight what they call an ongoing attack on religious freedom in Europe.

The European Jewish Press (EJP) reported that the European Jewish Congress (EJC), the Foundation for Ethnic Understanding, and the Great Mosque of Paris hosted a gathering of Jewish and Muslim leaders from 18 European countries Sept. 4-5, with the goal of determining ways of responding to religious bans in their continent.

“The recent attacks against our religious practices in Europe are an assault on all people of faith and they are indeed an attack on freedom of expression, the very basis for a free, democratic and tolerant European society,” European Jewish Congress President Moshe Kantor said, according to EJP. 

Kantor said that while the practices Jews and Muslims have already been targeted, “tomorrow it could be Christians.”

Posted on September 4, 2012 .