Swiss Jews, Christians sign pact


Christians and Jewish groups in
Switzerland signed a pact to work together.

The Federation of Swiss Protestant
Churches, the Swiss Bishops Conference and the Swiss Federation of
Jewish Communities on Sunday approved the Joint Declaration for the
Meaning of Jewish-Christian Cooperation in Seelisberg.

The signing of an agreement to fight discrimination comes on the 60th
anniversary of a conference on anti-Semitism in the same town by the
newly formed International Council of Christians and Jews.

Many Swiss were shaken in May when Geneva’s largest synagogue was the target of an arson attack that caused extensive damage. No one has been arrested in the case.

The interfaith declaration also states that aid
should be provided to Muslims in Switzerland in their effort to
integrate into Swiss society. Muslims comprise 4.26 percent of the Swiss population, according to the
Swissinfo Website, while Jews account for 0.24 percent.

A pro-environment stance and Holocaust
education also were promoted in the declaration.

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