Leaders of Muslim and Jewish community and faith groups, together with politicians, Christian faith leaders, and communal organisations are committing to challenge hate speech and intolerance.
The signing, on Sunday 25 January, is organised by the Mayor of Camden and his charity of the year, 3FF (the Three Faiths Forum), and is in partnership with the Islamic Society of Britain, Holocaust Memorial Day Trust, the British Albanian Kosovar Council, JW3, Radical Middle Way, UK Jewish Film, Rumi’s Cave and Faith Matters. The declaration will be signed by representatives from these organisations as well as other faith groups, communal organisations and politicians.
A key section reads: “We call on all leaders to join us in condemning unequivocally antisemitic, anti-Muslim and xenophobic speech and actions. … We will work together to challenge expressions of hostility and incitement within our own communities.”
The signing will take place at two special screenings of the film Besa: The Promise, shown to commemorate Holocaust Memorial Day. The documentary tells the story of Albanian Muslims who risked their lives sheltering Jews during the Holocaust.
3FF Director Stephen Shashoua: “After the tragedy in Paris, affirming our commitment to stand together against all forms of hatred takes on a new level of urgency. Extremism needs mistrust and divisions to flourish. Now is the time to strengthen relations between communities, and with one voice speak out against the hatemongers who seek to divide us through violence and fear. We must stay united.”
The 1st screening will take place on Sunday 25th of January 2015 from 17:45pm to 21.30pm at JW3, 341-351 Finchley Road, London, NW3 6ET
The full statement is being finalised and will be made available on the 25th January.
Limited places for journalists – please get in touch if you would like to attend.
For more information, contact:
Phone: 0207 482 9535