MAI Looks to Strengthen Relationships Amid Announcement of Jerusalem as Israeli Capital
December 6, 2017
Indianapolis, IN – The Muslim Alliance of Indiana (MAI) is concerned about President Trump’s announcement today declaring Jerusalem the capital of Israel, and relocating the United States embassy. Jerusalem has historic and religious significance to a number of faiths, especially those of Islamic, Christian and Jewish traditions.
“While we do not have an answer for peace in the Middle East, we do know that declaring Jerusalem as the Israeli capital is a very polarizing issue and the President’s decision has been made unilaterally, without input from all affected parties in the region,” says Aliya Amin, executive director of the Muslim Alliance of Indiana. “Because MAI is dedicated to interfaith work and global peace, we are deeply concerned about the impact of the President’s announcement on any future peace talks abroad, and specifically relations between Muslims, Christians and Jews right here in Indiana. We have worked hard to forge relationships with local organizations of differing faiths and backgrounds, several of whom have become our allies. We will continue our work here, in Indiana, to bridge the gap between our faiths, and will continue to pray for peace around the world.”
MAI recently held its Annual Banquet on November 12, celebrating over 15 years of allies, interfaith work and civic engagement.