Muslim-Jewish Advisory Council

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Muslim-Jewish Advisory Council is "a new national group of leading Muslim and Jewish Americans, was launched...at a meeting convened by the American Jewish Committee (AJC) and the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA)."

Mission

The council is "focusing on developing a domestic policy agenda...includes topics like immigration and refugee issues, religious liberty as it applies to 'reasonable accommodations of religious practices in the workplace,' and improving enforcement of hate crimes laws already on the books."

From the press release dated November 14, 2016:

At the group's inaugural meeting, the Muslim and Jewish participants met for two hours to get to know one another, discuss the Council's mission, and identify and agree on a domestic policy agenda.

  • The Council will highlight the contributions of Muslims and Jews to American society, and aim to celebrate their contributions in the best traditions of American democracy.
  • The Council will develop a coordinated strategy to address anti-Muslim bigotry and anti-Semitism in the U.S.
  • The Council will work to protect and expand the rights of religious minorities in the U.S., as enshrined in the Constitution, so they may practice their faiths in full freedom and security.[1]

Keith Ellison Tweets

Rep. Keith Ellison tweets support of Muslim Jewish Advisory Council
Rep. Keith Ellison tweets support of the Muslim-Jewish Advisory Council on November 21, 2016.[2]

Reaction to Donald Trump Election

American Jewish Committee

In a statement on November 21 2016,[3] American Jewish Committee CEO David Harris claimed that president-elect Donald Trump intended to establish "a government registry for Muslims."

The actual policy proposal was a "program tracking visitors to the United States from countries with active terrorist threats,"[4] not a "Muslim registry."

David Harris was quoted as saying:

"...singling out any ethnic or faith group to register with the government is both morally repugnant and unconstitutional...Targeting all Muslims is a horror movie that we Jews are all too familiar with. It can easily lead to heightened discrimination, persecution, and scapegoating. In the United States, there is no place – no place, whatsoever – for this kind of divisive, hateful rhetoric."

Of the incoming Trump administration Robert Silverman, American Jewish Committee director of Muslim-Jewish relations commented, “We’re not going to assume the worst. We want to work with the new administration, but we’ll be very vigilant. If there are any kind of bigotry statements, we’re going to be one of the first to speak out.”[5]

Islamic Society of North America

In a statement, Islamic Society of North America President Azhar Azeez said:

"Many American Muslims are traumatized by the result of the election and the fear of what is to come. It is important as a community that the healing process begin. We remain a hopeful community that will continue to be civilly engaged and prepared to work with our fellow Americans towards the common good."

Chair

Members

References