Jews and Muslims in Europe have a common cause in resisting attacks on minority religions and defending religious freedom, Europe's top rabbi has said. Speaking on the eve of Passover, which begins on Monday, chief rabbi Pinchas Goldschmidt warned that the rise of ultra-nationalist parties and damage to the European Union caused by Brexit threatened the security of Jewish and Muslim minorities.
"When there is tolerance for other languages, other cultures, religions, traditions, we Jews feel more accepted," Goldschmidt, president of the Conference of European Rabbis and chief rabbi of Moscow, told the Observer.
"Jews always felt more comfortable in places where other cultures and religions were respected. At the moment when an ultra-nationalist wind begins to blow, it makes Jews, as a minority, uncomfortable."