Los Angeles Muslims and Jews Try to Move Beyond Conflict

July 23, 1999

Source: Los Angeles Times

On July 23, 1999, the Los Angeles Times published an article on the efforts of Los Angeles Muslims and Jews to renew efforts to create a code of ethics for civilizing Muslim-Jewish relations. In the wake of the national controversy over the appointment of Salam Al-Marayati to a national counter-terrorism commission, the two sides are trying to salvage public relations. Mather Hathout, spokesman for the Islamic Center of Southern California, stated: "We have got to learn how to disagree-with respect and civility and a touch of piety...and without lying about each other." On July 22nd, the Islamic Center of Southern California held an hour-long meeting that drew 45 participants from major Jewish and Muslim organizations. Jewish representatives from organizations that campaigned against the Al-Marayati nomination, such as the Anti-Defamation League and the American Jewish Committee, were not invited to the meeting.