SHAFAQNA -Â A new European group has been formed for Muslim and Jewish religious leaders to advocate for protecting religious freedoms across the continent.
The Muslim-Jewish Leadership Council was formed this week, following a meeting in Vienna between the Conference of European Rabbis, Islamic Relief Worldwide and the Islamic Council for the Federal Republic of Germany.
Leaders stressed the â€œhistorical significanceâ€ of the group, saying it was the â€œfirst common platform for European Muslims and Jewsâ€.
Ibrahim El-Zayat, past chairman of IRW, said: â€œThe [group] is urgently needed as we see repeated attempts to curtail religious freedoms of certain minorities. History also tells us that when one communityâ€™s rights are constrained, soon other communities will face similar restrictions.â€
Present at the meeting were the chief rabbis of Moscow and Denmark, and an advisor to the chief rabbi of France.