NEW YORK -- For more than a decade, the American Jewish Congress has strived to provide a platform for Muslims and Jews to have an open dialogue about promoting tolerance and curbing extremism. American Jewish Congress (AJCongress) President Jack Rosen, who has a track record of personally engaging moderate Muslim leaders in the struggle against global anti-Semitism, issued the following statement today congratulating London's new mayor, Sadiq Khan, on his election and in the hopes of continuing to build that platform:
"Congratulations to Mayor Sadiq Khan, who is making history in becoming the first Muslim mayor in one of the most globally significant cities. The American Jewish Congress works closely with leaders around the world, and we welcome the opportunity to work with Mayor Khan from today forward. We hope that he will follow in the footsteps of such influential leaders as New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi and Argentinian President Mauricio Macri as a participant in our next International Conference of Mayors in Israel, an annual opportunity for the world's local leaders to come together to change and improve people's lives around the globe.
"Mayor Khan comes to the helm of London's government at a critical moment. It is now his responsibility to defend his city against bigotry, including troubling recent anti-Semitism and anti-Israel sentiment. We applaud his participation in London's recent Yom HaShoah memorial ceremony. Mayor Khan is off to a strong start, and we look forward to seeing him stand alongside British Jews as a friend and ally in the future."