Stephen studied Politics and Parliamentary Studies at Leeds University. He believes politics can be a force for positive change when it is people not party led. Throughout his career Stephen has challenged bigotry, with a focus on antisemitism and Islamophobia. Stephen is a consultant for Muslims Against Antisemitism (MAAS), which challenges antisemitism inside and outside of the Muslim community. At MAAS, he seeks to unite Muslims and Jews, who have much more in common than what divides them.
The Zionist elephant in the room.
Despite what you may hear Zionism is a wide-ranging ideology and it does not mean you hate Palestinians and Muslims. Meanings behind labels often get lost. A better understanding of what Zionism actually means. Seeing how bad faith actors such as Melanie Phillips and Asghar Bukhari use the conflict to divide Muslims and Jews. To be able to support the Palestinian cause, but in a way where people can have conversations with their Jewish brothers and sisters without offending them. Palestinians and Israelis are human beings and we need to start from that, not allowing it to be treated like a football match between the Muslim and Jewish community. The next time violence breaks out in Israel and Palestine, being part of a group of people stopping the violence there leading to violence on the streets between Muslims and Jews in the UK. As part of this, I will make them aware of organisations such as FODIP, Parents Circle, Roots and Solutions not Sides, who do great work in this area.