Members of Stamford Hill’s Christian and Muslim communities have joined with their strictly orthodox Jewish neighbours in a demonstration of solidarity and harmony. Representatives met in direct response to a planned anti-Semitic march organised by self-professed fascist, Joshua Bonehill, that was due to take place on Clapton Common.

These community members have worked closely with Near Neighbours and our East London coordinator, Tim Clapton, in recent years and have proved the durability of relationships across faiths.

Eusoof Amerat, trustee of Masjid-e-Quba, was categorical in his condemnation of those who would incite racial hatred and seek to divide communities, “The Muslim community stands shoulder-to-shoulder with our Jewish neighbours and friends. Our support is unreserved.”

Father William Taylor, Parish Priest of St Thomas, was similarly unequivocal in his denunciation, “We treasure our Jewish neighbours and we fully intend to protect our good relations.”

Rabbi Abraham Pinter conveyed the orthodox Jewish community’s gratitude to those who took steps to stop the march, “The expressions of solidarity were unambiguous and came from all our neighbours and friends of every background. The threatened march has only served to bring our communities even closer together.”

Steven Derby, Director at Interfaith Matters, that works with Stamford Hill’s faith communities said, “It’s been a privilege to work with communities so committed to convivial relations, public benefit and prepared to stand against fascists that would otherwise fracture a cohesive neighbourhood.”

It is with great pride that we look upon the work of this community here. With the help of our hub coordinator in East London and a grant from our small grants fund, this community was brought together; we are proud to see that they are showing the sustainability of bringing people together through Near Neighbours, and are still working together to foster an environement of understanding and positive relationships. 

Author: Mr Tim Burton-Jones

Date: 20 March 2015