Multi Faith statement regarding the current situation in Israel and Gaza

Representatives of the Jewish and Muslim communities in Nottingham met along with other faith leaders and representatives of Nottingham Inter Faith Council to listen to each other, share prayers and to agree and sign a statement arising because of the current situation in Israel and Gaza.

The meeting was organised by the leader of Nottingham City Council, Cllr David Mellen and Cllr Sajid Mohammed, portfolio holder for Neighbourhoods, Safety and Inclusion.

The statement reads:

“In light of the heart-breaking events unfolding in Israel and Palestine (Gaza) this week, all Nottingham’s multi faith communities stand together in shock and sorrow. The tragic loss of life deeply affects us all. We wish to emphasise that the targeting and killing of civilians is utterly wrong. The need for unity is so crucial during such trying times.

Our communities share a profound connection to Nottingham and to each other. We work together, our children learn side by side in schools and our commitment to this city is unwavering. We cannot allow any room in our city for hatred, neither antisemitism or Islamophobia can be tolerated. We firmly assert that there is no place for hatred within our city.

We, as a diverse group of people of faith including British Muslims, Jews, Christians, Hindu and Sikhs, and other religions pledge our commitment to the safety and prosperity of each other. Together, we will actively call out and challenge all forms of discrimination. We call for understanding, respect, and unity in our beloved city.”

13.10.2023

The Free Churches Group statement on the the situation in Israel and Gaza may be read HERE.