Sunday, December 27, 2009

Manji rallies Muslim expression against anti-Semitism
December 27, 2009

(JTA) -- Muslims placed personal messages against anti-Semitism on the Facebook page of a Muslim reformist and author.

The hundreds of personal messages on Irshad Manji's Facebook fan page were a thank you to the European Union of Jewish Students, for their statement earlier in the month condemning the Swiss vote to ban minarets in the country.

Following the Dec. 2 EUJS statement, Manji, the author of “The Trouble with Islam Today: A Muslim’s Call for Reform in Her Faith” and the producer of the Emmy-nominated film, "Faith Without Fear," asked her Muslim fans to post personal statements against anti-Semitism.

"The move by Irshad Manji and EUJS has shown how successful and meaningful the Jewish and Muslim connection can be on a grassroots level. We hope that this connection is only the beginning of a springboard for further dialogue, cooperation and collaboration between Jewish and Muslim groups," read a statement from EUJS in its December newsletter.