The decision by Bradford's Synagogue Council to appoint its first Muslim member is not just a striking demonstration of the close links between the Jewish and Muslim communities in Bradford.

It is, in fact, a move that should act as an example to the rest of the world of how two seemingly-antagonistic faiths can come together to build bridges.

There have been close links between the two communities for a number of years, and in 2013, the Council of Mosques took a key role, along with other community groups, in an appeal to preserve the Bowland Street Synagogue when dwindling funds meant its future was in jeopardy.

Their involvement helped to save that important and historic Manningham building, which dates back to Victorian times.

The appointment of Jani Rashid to the board cements the links still further at a time when international headlines are dominated by atrocities committed in the name of faith.

Mr Rashid talks of how the move will 'help us to respect one another’s diversity and to share in our common beliefs of decency, respect, and compassion for our fellow human beings'.

What a fine demonstration of religious unity - and an absolute rebuke to the haters who believe there is no hope for multi-cultural integration.

Let us hope the whole world does take notice of this small but deeply significant gesture that further unites locally two faiths many believe are completely incompatible.

It not only shows how diverse communities can come together for the common good, but it should also stand as a remarkable and potent symbol of unity in our conflict-strewn world.