Muslim MEP calls on European Jews to halt flight

October 12, 2014 21:10


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European Jews should halt their flight and work with local Muslim to solve the issues facing their communities, a Muslim member of the European Parliament told The Jerusalem Post on Friday.

MEP Afzal Khan, a Pakistan-born Muslim who represents northwest England in Brussels, said that Jews should not give up on Europe despite rises in anti-Semitism in recent years and especially this summer, when Muslim youth angry over Israel’s military conflict with Hamas attacked Jewish targets throughout the continent.

“What we are saying is there is no need to do that [leave],” he said. “There are challenges in life wherever you are. Do don’t solve problems and challenges by running away.”

Khan said that there are sufficient safeguards in place to protect European Jews and that it is possible for Muslims and Jews to work together to “work together to make sure that society is providing equal opportunities, safety and protection for every citizen.”

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