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Muslim, Jewish groups bicker over Muslim event at Statehouse

June 13, 2019

BOSTON (AP) — Muslim and Jewish groups in Massachusetts are at odds over last week’s celebration marking the end of Ramadan at the Statehouse.

More than a dozen mosques and Muslim organizations said in a statement Thursday that they’re disappointed the Jewish Community Relations Council joined pro-Israel groups in criticizing a June 5 Eid al-Fitr event co-hosted by state lawmakers and the Council on American-Islamic Relations.

The Jewish council said CAIR was an “inappropriate partner” for the event because of “unresolved questions” about the organization. It didn’t elaborate.

The Muslim groups said Muslim and Jewish communities need to stand together as hate crimes continue to rise. They also noted the event was non-political and had been co-hosted by CAIR in prior years.

The Jewish council responded that it stands by its previous statement.

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