A rabbi who coordinated with a Muslim member of Congress to spearhead an effort to get Hamas to return the bodies of two Israeli soldiers said the resulting letter is proof "Muslims are speaking out" against terrorism and on behalf of the Jewish state.

Rabbi Marc Schneier, co-founder and president of The Foundation for Ethnic Understanding (FFEU), told PJM at the Israeli-American Council National Conference on Sunday that he reached out to Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.), one of two Muslim members of Congress, to get the effort rolling. Rep. Andre Carson (D-Ind.) signed on to the letter drafted by Ellison.

The letter to Hamas leader Khaled Mashal asks for the return of the bodies of Lt. Hadar Goldin and Sgt. Oron Shaul, who were killed in the 2014 conflict in the Gaza Strip. The Goldin family came to D.C. for the conference.

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