Jewish-Muslim cooperation is on the rise. Their ability to work together despite decades of conflict on issues of foreign policy could serve as a model for embracing shared American values.
Published Dec. 1, 2016
LOS ANGELES — When Sheryl Olitzky first broached the subject of a Jewish-Muslim women’s group, Atiya Aftab didn’t buy it.
“Why is someone calling me because I’m Muslim?” Ms. Aftab recalls thinking. “This is creepy.”
But as Ms. Olitzky made her case over lattes at a Starbucks in suburban New Jersey, Aftab found herself drawn in.
“This is a woman extending her hand to me, saying, ‘I want to get to know you. I want to be your protector. I want to have your back because I know what you’re going through, because of what the Jewish community has been through,’ ” says Aftab, a professor at Rutgers University’s Center for Middle Eastern Studies. “That was so compelling, so honest.”