Jews And Muslims Put Faith In A Joint Pilgrimage

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An organisation is promoting friendship between Jews and Muslims – with a joint pilgrimage to Jerusalem.

The Jewish-Muslim Forum of Greater Manchester is now looking for more people of both faiths to sign up for the trip to the Holy Land next year.

Formed seven years ago, the group works to reduce hostility between Muslims and Jews with social activities and foreign trips. The tour of Jerusalem is the biggest trip the group has organised.

Muslim Qaisra Shiraz, 53, said: “There’s a lot of animosity between Jews and Muslims because of Palestine, but we don’t want that to filter into our country. People might think we shouldn’t travel there as a group but we want to get rid of those perceptions. The foundation means we can learn from and respect each other. Everyone should befriend someone of another faith or religion or we’re just locked in our own little worlds.” Jewish member Heather Fletcher, 51, said: “Our two religions have more in common than differences and we can be common allies in fighting far right groups like the BNP.”

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