Silence from France’s Jewish community organizations over the atrocities committed by Israeli forces against the civilian population of the sealed off Gaza Strip has caused cracks in their relations with the sizable Muslim community, claims

“Gaza was the tough test for the Muslims-Jews dialogue in France,” claimed Djelloul Seddiki, who quit his position as co-president of the French Jewish-Muslim Friendship (AJMF) in protest.

Muslim members of the AJMF have also resigned, including the organization’s honorary president, Dalil Boubakeur, rector of Paris Grand Mosque and former-president of the French Council of the Muslim Faith (CFCM).

While Gaza left most French Muslims, estimated at 6 million, disillusioned about interfaith dialogue with Jews, some still believe in the importance of outreach efforts. “Halting the dialogue would run counter to the interests of both the Muslim and the Jewish communities,” added Hassen Chalghoumi, imam of the Drancy mosque outside the capital Paris.

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