New Blog: 'How to keep talking’: the Woolf Institute addresses interfaith relations in light of the latest misery in Israel/Gaza

14th December 2023

The Woolf Institute’s Panel of Speakers (left to right): Amir Ohadi (Barnet Multifaith Forum); Shaykh Ibrahim Mogra (formerly with the Muslim Council of Britain); Jess Brandler (MD of ‘Solutions Not Sides’); Dr Ed Kessler (Founder President of the Woolf Institute); Shahida Rahman (Trustee of Cambridge Central Mosque); Rick Sopher, CEO of Edmund de Rothschild Capital Holdings);

Dr Elizabeth Phillips (Woolf institute Director of Education and Engagement), event moderator

Events erupting in Israel and Gaza in October have led to strained relations between friends and even within families in the Diaspora. How much more difficult, then, have become some of the conversations across faith lines, and particularly between Jews and Muslims. The Woolf Institute’s panel discussion, ‘How to Keep Talking’, aimed to address this problem, providing a framework in which people from different faith groups could continue to communicate.

The discussion brought together three Muslims and three Jews, plus a moderator, to consider the difficulties, and how to overcome them. Among the Jews was Jess Brandler, CEO of ‘Solutions Not Sides’, whose stated purpose is, ‘to tackle Antisemitism, Islamophobia and polarisation around the issue of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in the UK’.

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