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Jews and Muslims find common ground in food

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Khalid Mustafa has worked as a halal butcher in Brooklyn, New York for 18 years. (Amanda Rivkin/CNS)


Hummus does not need to be marked halal because it does not contain any meat products, but often it will have an encircled "U" showing that the product is kosher. (Amanda Rivkin/CNS)


Khalid Mustafa's store buys Kraft products from an Arabic distributor for his store so his customers will know that the products are clearly halal. (Amanda Rivkin/CNS)


A movement to mark products with an encircled crescent like this can of beef from Brazil is gaining popularity in the U.S. (Amanda Rivkin/CNS)


A walk-in refrigerator with halal beef and lamb in Brooklyn, New York. (Amanda Rivkin/CNS)

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Though in strict religious terms Jewish kosher and Muslim halal foods are different from each other, they are similar enough to appeal to a mix of consumers who share common interests in food, if not in politics.