The Council of Muftis and RIVERS offered each other «the truth» in the Holy Land

© RIA Novosti / Radik to Ameritrade in photosangelina of the mount of olives in JerusalemThe Council of Muftis and RIVERS offered each other «the truth» in the Holy Land© RIA Novosti / Radik to Ameritrade the image Bank

The leadership of the Russian Jewish Congress invited the head of the Council of Muftis of Russia (SMR) Ravil Gainutdin after his statements on the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, to visit Jerusalem; in turn, the CMP invited the leaders of the RIVERS also organize their arrival in Palestine.

During a Friday sermon in the Cathedral mosque of Moscow on 23 June, dedicated to the Day of al-Quds (the Arabic name for Jerusalem), Gaynutdin, in particular, stated that Palestine should be recognized by the world community as an independent state with its capital in Jerusalem. According to him, the Palestinians are defending their rights and lands and has lost «tens of thousands in bloody conflicts.»

After the speech of the head of the Council of Muftis by the President of the RIVERS Yuri Kanner sent him an open letter in which he stated that the statements of the mufti are not true and are «common clichés of anti-Israeli propaganda,» they «does not promote peace and harmony in the middle East, but rather pushing people to the path of war and terrorism.»

«In order for you to develop an objective picture of what is happening in Israel, in fact, we invite You to visit Jerusalem on a familiarization visit», — is spoken in the letter head of the RIVERS. He also noted that the expenses for the visit of the mufti of the Russian Jewish Congress takes over.

In turn, in response an open letter to the President of the RIVERS leadership of the Council of Muftis said that the statements Ravil Gainutdin in the framework of the International day of Jerusalem «balanced, objective, and find confirmation of the resolution 2334 (2016) of the UN Security Council», adopted on 23 December 2016, including with the participation of the Russian Federation.

«I have to say that the delegation of the Russian Muftis in the framework of the official visit to Palestine, when visiting the shrines of the world religions have experienced what it’s like to be at gunpoint, to be ridiculed and subjected to humiliating treatment from both civilians and representatives of law enforcement structures», — is spoken in the letter signed by first Deputy head of the CMP with Rosana by Abbasova.

On behalf of the Council of Muftis Abbyasov invited Kanner in the Moscow Cathedral mosque on Jerusalem Day «to avoid further spatial statements about alleged violations in the harmonization of inter-religious dialogue». He also appealed to the President of the RIVERS «with the response the invitation to visit Palestine, and mingle with the local population, to visit refugee camps to see the abandoned village and walk through the destroyed heavy machinery home». In the CMP added that the same is fully committed to take on the organization of the visit.

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