Muslim and Jewish Americans team up to create a new council in the wake of Donald Trump's election

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A handful of America's leading Muslims and Jews have teamed up to create a new national advisory council in the wake of Donald Trump's presidential victory.

The Muslim-Jewish Advisory Council was launched this month by the American Jewish Committee (AJC) and the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA). It's formed of business, political and religious figures from both communities and together they will "advocate on issues of common concern".

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The members of the council met for two hours at the inaugural meeting to break the ice, get to know each other, discuss the council's mission and agree on a domestic policy agenda.

The council wants to develop a strategy to address and tackle anti-Muslim bigotry and anti-Semitism, as well as protect the rights of the religious minorities in the country. It also hopes to highlight and celebrate the contributions of Muslims and Jews on American society.

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"Our two communities share much in common and should find ways, where possible, to work together for the benefit of the entire country," said Stanley Bergman, co-chairman of the council.

"The council aims to provide a model for civic engagement by two communities, vital to American society, that agree to work together on issues of common concern and overlapping interest," added Farooq Kathwari, who also co-chairs the council.

You can read about the initial members of the Muslim-Jewish Advisory CouncilĀ here.