In an unprecedented action, scores of members of the New Jersey State Senate and State Assembly took the Stand Up for the Other Pledge on December 20. The Pledge, sponsored by the New Jersey Interfaith Coalition (NJIC), and developed by NJIC founder Dr. Ali Chaudry, also president of the Islamic Society of Basking Ridge and co-chair of the New Jersey Muslim-Jewish Solidarity Committee, reads: “While interacting with members of my own faith, ethnic or gender community, or with others, if I hear hateful comments from anyone about members of any other community, I pledge to stand up for the Other and challenge bigotry in any form.”
On the 19th of December FFEU and L’Association Tunisienne de Soutien des Minorités, Tunisian organization supporting minorities hosted the 4th edition of the Season of Twinning in Tunis. The theme of the event was Jewish memory with the screening of the documentary on Muslims and Jews and the presentation of the book of Professor Allagui on Jews and Muslims in Tunisia. This event was organized for the commemoration of the deportation of Tunisian Jews from Tunisia on 1942, 9th of December.
The president of the Jewish community René Trabelsi and His Excellency the french ambassador in Tunisia Mr. Poivre d’Arvor were present. More than 100 people were present throughout the afternoon.
FFEU European Director Samia Hathroubi attended the Mosque Al Khalil’s interfaith dinner which hosted more than 200 people from the Muslim, Jewish and Christian communities. The Mosque Al Khalil gathered a very unique range of interfaith movements for a popular and friendly moment.
FFEU is very pleased to be part of this network of change makers in Molenbeek in Brussels and is much looking forward to continuing its efforts.
JTA covers the 3rd Summit of Greater Washington Imams and Rabbis and mentions FFEU Muslim-Jewish Programs Director Walter Ruby:
“Walter Ruby, FFEU Muslim-Jewish program director for the Foundation for Ethnic Understanding was a keynote speaker of the 3rd Summit of Greater Washington Imams and Rabbis. He said that a 10-person steering committee would be chosen from those attending the meeting.”
Read more on JTA
HAMBURG, Germany, 8 December 2016 – Youth participation and youth mainstreaming in security were in focus at a side event co-organized today on the margins of the 23rd OSCE Ministerial Council in Hamburg by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Co-operation of Spain and the OSCE Chairmanship’s three Special Representatives on Youth and Security. Taking part were many youth activists from civil society and OSCE youth focal points.
FFEU European Director Samia Hathroubi reflected on the need to empower young people in order to make them agents of change for today’s challenges. She called for a change of paradigm and advocated for regarding youth as part of the solution rather than a threat.
Please see OSCE article for more information!
More than 100 imams, rabbis and Muslim and Jewish leaders came together on Sunday December 11 to vow to stand up for each other of either community is demonized or discriminated against by either private citizens or by governmental action.
The occasion for this outpouring of mutual support was the 3rd Annual Summit of Washington Area Imams and Rabbis at Congregation Tifereth Israel in northwest Washington. The event was organized by FFEU, Greater Washington Muslim-Jewish Forum, Jewish Islamic Dialogue Society of Washington and Interfaith Action for Human Rights.
During the discussion, many Muslim participants said that they or their loved ones have experienced harassment or threats of violence in the weeks since the November 8 election. A Summit Steering Committee was set up under the aegis of the Greater Washington Muslim-Jewish Forum to implement ideas discussed at the Summit for strengthening Muslim-Jewish relations in the threatening environment that now exists. These ideas include encouraging Jews to gather outside area mosques during Friday prayers to hold up signs and shout slogans declaring their solidarity with Muslim worshippers, and for Muslims to do the same outside synagogues during Shabbat worship services. In addition the Summit will encourage more area mosques and synagogues to implement one-on-one twinning relationships and seek to strengthen youth involvement in Muslim-Jewish relations.
According to FFEU Muslim-Jewish Program Director, Walter Ruby, who addressed the Summit; “It is so important that during this time of fear and uncertainity that we redouble and accelerate our ongoing efforts to build ties of communication and cooperation between Muslims and Jews.. People in both communities need to know that we will stand united against any efforts to hurt either of our communities—or any other faith or ethnic community.
Sunday December 11th our European Director, Samia Hathroubi, was among 30 Jewish and Muslim women and leaders from different parts of the country who came together in London. They discussed, shared, laughed, ate awesome food food together. Afterwards they walked around the Westminster area with a superb tour guide who highlighted women throughout London history.
Co-chaired by Laura Marks and Julie Siddiqi from the Nisa-Nashim Network, superb example of Muslim-Jewish cooperation and friendship.