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East London Three Faiths Forum add signatures of support

PUBLISHED: 12:29 23 February 2015 | UPDATED: 12:29 23 February 2015

Khola Hasan (second from left), a speaker and author, standing with British imams outside the Hyper Cacher, the kosher supermarket, in Paris. Photo credit: East London Three Faiths Forum

Khola Hasan (second from left), a speaker and author, standing with British imams outside the Hyper Cacher, the kosher supermarket, in Paris. Photo credit: East London Three Faiths Forum

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A letter from a national Islamic organisation calling for unity has gained support from three leading faiths in the borough following the Copenhagen attacks.

A number of shootings took place across two days in the Danish capital earlier this month – killing two victims, including a Jewish man, and the suspected gunman, Omar Abdel Hamid el-Hussein.

The incident followed a month after a similar style of terrorist attack in Paris, where workers at a satirical magazine were killed.

Imams Online (IOL), an organisation representing the Muslim leaders, has now written a letter expressing its sadness over the Copenhagen attacks.

Faith leaders – some of whom are part of the East London Three Faiths Forum – have endorsed the letter.

“I think it is pretty clear people, and Jews in particular, feel very vulnerable,” said Rabbi Hulbert, of Bet Tikvah Synagogue, in Newbury Park.

“Christians feel under threat and so Muslims. I cannot really say much more.”

Executive members of East London Three Faiths Forum, who signed IOL’s letter, were Khola Hasan, Dr Mohammed Fahim, Rev Ian Tarrant and Father Francis Coveney.


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