Jewish-Muslim Relations Suffer in Aftermath of September 11

October 22, 2001

Source: The New York Times

On October 22, 2001 The New York Times reported "For Some Jewish Leaders, Partnership With Muslims Is a Casualty of Sept. 11 Attacks." The article described that "In several cities, rabbis and Jewish lay leaders have walked out of long-standing interfaith dialogues with Muslim leaders, complaining that the Muslims are condoning suicide bombing attacks against Israelis while condemning the attacks against the United States....Muslims, on the other hand, say Jewish groups are using the attacks as an excuse for putting Palestinian concerns on the back burner and ignoring Israeli excesses in the occupied territories." The article noted that the brief "sense of common cause" between the two religions right after the attack has been followed by "suspicion and mistrust."