@Ed_Husain Writes: A recent development in the Bronx not only challenges extremist, separatist tendencies among many Muslims and Jews, but it also falsifies commonly held beliefs about Jews among Muslims. Rarely do I visit a Muslim-majority country and discuss Jewish communities without somebody commenting that Jews are universally wealthy and have an inherent hatred of Muslims. Needless to say, both assertions are flawed, racist, and historically inaccurate. Likewise, many Jews and others wrongly believe that Muslims intrinsically hate Jews. Demonstrating that such ideas are flawed is essential to promoting interfaith understanding and undermining extremist tendencies.
In this story, an Orthodox Jewish community lacking funds to pay the rent for their synagogue prays at a local Muslim center of worship. This religious unity among Abrahamic cousins in New York is an example for people in the Middle East of how Muslims and Jews can harbor less animosity toward each other.