Sunday, 24 November 2013

First Joint European Muslim-Jewish Petition



We, Muslims and Jews of Europe, united under the leadership of the Gathering of European Muslim and Jewish Leaders (GEMJL), representing a coalition of organizations and individuals who have endorsed this petition in association with the Foundation for Ethnic Understanding, call on the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe to rescind its anti-democratic and hurtful resolution labeling male ritual circumcision a "violation of the physical integrity of children" and calling on member states to "adopt specific legal provisions to ensure that certain operations and practices will not be carried out before a child is old enough to be consulted."
 If adopted by member states, a ban on circumcision of male children would make it impossible for Jews and Muslims of conscience to go on living on this continent. In fact, the practice of circumcision is at the very core of our two faiths; mandated in the covenant between God and our common forefather, Abraham/Ibrahim. Both religious faith and millennia of tradition enjoin Jews and Muslims to circumcise our sons. We cannot do otherwise if we are to live according to the dictates of our respective faith traditions.
Read the full petition here

GEMJL is the European affiliate of The Foundation for Ethnic Understanding.
To learn more, contact the European Coordinator of the FFEU in Paris, Samia Hathroubi, at

Sign Initiators of the Petition: Members of the Executive and Steering Committees of the Gathering of European Muslim and Jewish Leaders:

Rabbi Marc Schneier  USA-President Foundation for Ethnic Understanding,
Aymin Mazyek-GERMANY Secretary-General of the Zentralrats der Muslime in Deutschland (ZMD),
Rabbi Avichai Apel--- GERMANY Rabbi of Dortmund Synagogue, head of German Orthodox Rabbis Assn,
Rabbi Reuven Livingstone-UK President of Imams and Rabbis Council of the United Kingdom ,
Afzal Khan, UK co-president of Muslim-Jewish Forum of Greater Manchester, former Lord Mayor of Manchester,
Rabbi Michel Serfaty   FRANCE President, Amitie Judeo-Muslulame de France,
Imam Ahmed Miktar FRANCE President, Association of Imams of France,
Imam Yahya Pallavicini   ITALY, vice president, Communita Islamica Religiosa d'Italia, COREIS,
Rabbi Joseph Levi  ITALY, Chief Rabbi of Florence,
Imam Mustafa Ceric BOSNIA-HERZOGOVINA former Grand Mufti of Bosnia-Herzogovina) ,
Rabbi Awraham Soetendorp  NETHERLANDS, President of Soetendorp Foundation, The Hague),
Moussa Hassan Al-Diaw  GERMANY and AUSTRIA head of program for the education of imams in training, University of Osnabreuck,
Aicha Haddou BELGIUM-MOROCCO co-chair of Belgian Muslim-Jewish Women's group),
Rabbi Albert Guigui, BELGIUM Grand Rabbin de Bruxelles ,
Imam Senaid Kobilica -NORWAY Chief Imam of Norway,
Fiyaz Mughal UK (head of Faith Matters),
Barbara Spectre -SWEDEN (head of Paideia) ,
El Hadi Khelladi, GMJF and RAMSA-GERMANY,
Esmond Rosen  UK Jewish Volunteering Network,
Jonny Weinberg UK co-founder of The Muslim-Jewish Forum of Greater Manchester,
Rabbi Jackie Tabick UK womens leader,
Imam Mohamed Jusufpahic, SERBIA (Grand Mufti),
Jonathan Ornstein  (POLAND) director Krakow JCC,
Alexander Goldberg UK chief executive of the London Jewish forum,
Ahmed Larouz, NETHERLANDS, president of the CEDAR, community of European Muslim entrepreneurs,
Coexister Interfaith Youth Movement FRANCE Nabila Khinache,
Samuel Grzybowski Founder,
Ilan Scialom,
Mohammed Amin UK.

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