Rabbis and imams ride against antisemitism and Islamophobia
A rabbi, a priest, and an imam go on a bike ride – it may sound like the beginning of a joke, but that’s exactly what happened in Berlin, and believe us, it’s really going to make you smile.
Last week, 25 tandem bicycles were on the roads of the German capital, with a rabbi and an imam riding on each of them.
The special journey took place in the framework of meet2respect – the annual campaign of the Berlin Leadership Organization against violence, antisemitism and Islamophobia.
Following the clerics, hundreds of other cyclists – Christians, Jews, Muslims and atheists – all resisting all forms of prejudice, joined them in the streets.
The riders passed the most famous and important places in Berlin, with the aim of symbolizing the possibility of different faiths coexisting in the city.
A similar tour took place in Berlin three years ago, but in light of anti-Semitism, Islamophobia and extreme right-wing extremism, the organizers decided to repeat it again, this time with the participation of representatives of all religions.
“Our message is very clear – we live in one city, one country, one world, and each of us has its own traditions, but that does not mean we cannot be friends”, said Rabbi Andreas Nechama, who participated in the tour. “We can work together, why not?”
“You have to cooperate, see each other, listen” explained Muslim theologian Amin Arul, “It’s like in real life – first you have to listen, and only then can you truly understand, respect and tolerate the other”.