Ilford women join Europe’s biggest Jewish-Muslim solidarity conference

Nisa-Nashim conference group.

Nisa-Nashim conference group. - Credit: Archant

Three Ilford women joined a 200-strong conference promoting greater Jewish-Muslim solidarity in the face of islamophobia and antisemitism.

Ilford delegates Nazia Shahid and Tracey Grant

Ilford delegates Nazia Shahid and Tracey Grant - Credit: Archant

Nazia Shahid, Tracey Grant and student Rabbi Daniela Touati joined delegates from across the country at a conference run by Nisa-Nashim - Britain’s Jewish Muslim women’s network - on Sunday, April 22.

Entitled Change Markers, the conference took place at the London School of Economics in Holborn.

BBC journalist Nomia Iqbal charied an all-female panel which included activist and author Helen Pankhurst, great-granddaughter of the suffragette Emmeline Pankhurst.

Julie Siddiqi OBE, Muslim Co-Founder of Nisa-Nashim, said: “We must not allow people around us to pitch Jews and Muslims against each other to fight over who is the most hated.”

Key note speaker Robi Damelin

Key note speaker Robi Damelin - Credit: Archant

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Robi Damelin, of joint Israeli-Palestinian group The Parents circle, delivered the key note speech.

The event featured bonding over food, poetry and tea and Jewish and Muslim afternoon prayer services were held side-by-side. For more information on Nisa-Nashim go to

Nisa-Nashim conference group. Photo: Yakir Zur

Nisa-Nashim conference group. Photo: Yakir Zur - Credit: Archant

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