There have already been significant consequences — intended or otherwise — of the divisive rhetoric coming from the new administration. But, maybe, there’s at least one side effect that has positive — groups coming together to support and protect each other.
This week, more than 30 Jewish and Muslim business, political, and faith leaders went to Washington D.C. with a letter urging members of Congress to commit to religious freedom and pluralism.
“We are not a reaction to any political event or political elections. We want to work with the new administration,” says Robert Silverman, AJC Director of Muslim-Jewish Relations. “There is a strategic need for the Muslim-American and Jewish communities to get together regardless of which party is in power in Washington.”
Farhan Latif, president of the El-Hibri Foundation, says there’s a lot of work to do when it comes to building bridges between the two communities.
“This work is even more urgent and critical at this time,” says Latif.
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