Category: 2022

An Open Letter to the Detroit Community

As leaders in the Muslim and Jewish communities of Metro Detroit, we unambiguously condemn the tragic killing of Shireen Abu Akleh, an innocent and well-respected reporter for Al-Jazeerah.


We call for a thorough and transparent investigation to determine who is responsible for her
death and call for those responsible to bear the full weight of justice. While we disagree on many aspects of the situation in the Middle East, we are united in the imperative that all reporters should be off-limits and should be afforded full protection so that they may provide the world with honest and truthful stories.


Dr. Mahmoud Al-Hadidi, President, Michigan Muslim Community Council
Seth Gould, President, Jewish Community Relations Council/AJC
Phil Neuman, President Elect, Jewish Community Relations Council/AJC
Patrick Cates, Member, Interfaith Committee of the Muslim Unity Center of Bloomfield Hills
Bryant Frank, Co-Chair, JCRC/AJC Muslim-Jewish Subcommittee
Ariana Mentzel, Co-Chair, JCRC/AJC Muslim-Jewish Subcommittee
Rabbi Asher Lopatin, Executive Director, JCRC/AJC