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Rabbi Crosses Communal Line to Work with Controversial Muslim Group
by Josefin Dolsten
Prominent rabbi Marc Schneier has started working with a Muslim advocacy group that has been off-limits to major Jewish groups due to its alleged ties to Hamas and anti-Israel views.
"I think it's time for the Jewish community" to work with the Council on American-Islamic Relations, Schneier told the Forward over the phone, while recognizing that the group had made "controversial statements about Israel in the past."
Just last month, Schneier, a pioneer in Muslim-Jewish dialogue, started to work with CAIR, the nation's most high-profile Muslim civil rights group. His organization, the Foundation for Ethnic Understanding, launched a social media campaign with the group and several other Muslim organizations to combat Islamophobia, which Schneier said was especially relevant today in light of Donald Trump "spewing diatribe" against Muslims.
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