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British Jews, Muslims issue joint statement for peace and tolerance

Jewish and Muslim leaders in the United Kingdom issued a joint statement, calling for peace in the Middle East and “constructive dialogue” between the two groups in Britain.

“In spite of the situation in the Middle East, we must continue to work hard for good community relations in the UK. We must not import conflict. We must export peace instead,” read the statement issued Aug. 27 by the Board of Deputies of British Jews and the Muslim Council of Britain.

Called “unprecedented” by the London-based Jewish Chronicle, the statement also contends that “the targeting of civilians is completely unacceptable and against our religious traditions.” The statement condemned “any expression of Anti-Semitism, Islamophobia or any form of racism,” including during rallies and on social media.

Sinai terror group beheads four accused of spying for Israel

JERUSALEM – Four Egyptian men were beheaded by a Sinai-based terror group for allegedly spying for Israel. Members of the Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis said in a video released Aug. 28 that they killed the men because they had been spying for Israel’s Mossad agency.

The headless bodies were found in the Sinai earlier this month, Reuters reported citing security sources.

The terror group said that the men provided intelligence to Israel used in a July airstrike on northern Sinai, in which three Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis fighters were killed. The Egyptian army said at the time of the strike that no Israeli aircraft had been in Egyptian airspace.

Jewish couple attacked in NYC, apparently by Palestinian supporters

A Jewish couple were verbally and physically attacked in New York City by assailants yelling anti- Jewish statements. On Monday evening, Aug. 25, a gang pulled up in two cars and several motorcycles and surrounded the couple on the Upper East Side of Manhattan, the New York Post reported. Several of the vehicles displayed Palestinian flags.

The wife was hit with a water bottle and her husband was punched in the side of his head, according to the newspaper, which cited law enforcement sources. Police reportedly believe the couple was singled out because the husband was wearing a yarmulke.

Israel-hosted Davis Cup match moved to Sunrise

JERUSALEM — Israel’s Davis Cup playoff with Argentina will be held in South Florida, after being moved out of Tel Aviv. The Sept. 12-14 match was ordered out of Israel earlier this month by the International Tennis Federation at the request of the Argentine Tennis Association due to the conflict in Gaza.

The Davis Cup Committee approved the neutral venue of the Sunrise Tennis Club proposed by the Israel Tennis Association. Israel, which lost an appeal to keep the match in Tel Aviv, will still serve as host.

Sunrise has large Argentine and Jewish communities.

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