February 15, 2019

Muslim-Jewish statement on the murder of innocents in Israel

We are a group of Muslim and Jewish community and religious leaders in Los Angeles and Orange County. Although we have important disagreements about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and how it ought to be resolved, all of us together affirm that the murder of innocent people, be they Muslim or Jewish, is a desecration of God’s name and violation of the most basic tenets of our faiths.  There is no possible justification for such acts and we utterly reject them. We are all children of Abraham and are beloved of God.

We together extend condolences to the families of Naftali Frankel, Eyal Yifrach, Gilad Shaar, and Muhammad Hussein Abu Khdeir. We pray that their memories serve to spur both of our communities to loudly and definitively reject the paths of violence and revenge, and to embrace negotiation in the spirit of mutual respect as the only way forward.


Melissa Balaban, IKAR
Ibrahim Barlas, Pacifica Institute, Westwood
Rabbi Karen Bender, Temple Judea
Rabbi Sharon Brous, IKAR
Noor-Malika Chishti, Sufi Order International
Rabbi Neil Comess-Daniels, Beth Shir Shalom
Sheikh Yassir Fazaga, Orange County Islamic Foundation
Rabbi Ed Feinstein, Valley Beth Shalom
Rabbi Susan Goldberg, Wilshire Boulevard Temple
Rabbi Mel Gottlieb, Senior Claremont Lincoln Fellow for Interreligious Curriculum
Rabbi Judith Halevi, Malibu Jewish Center
Atilla Kahveci, Pacifica Institute, Westwood
Rav Yosef Kanefsky, B’nai David-Judea
Mohammed Khan, STOPP. Society To Offer Prosperity And Peace.
Rabbi Peter Levi, Temple Beth El
Mohannad Malas
Dr. David Myers, Chair, Department of History, UCLA
Dr. Sadegh Namazikhah, Iranian-American Muslim Association
Rabbi Laura Owens, B’nai Horin and The Academy for Jewish Religion California
Barrie Segall, Segall Consulting
Jihad Turk, President, Bayan Claremont, an Islamic Graduate School
Shepha Schneirsohn Vainstein MA LMFT, reGeneration

The SoCal Muslim-Jewish Forum was convened in association with the Foundation for Ethnic Understanding, Rabbi Marc Schneier, President.