Something Important

A short while ago, in an attempt to fight anti-Semitism and be a cultural bridge, a delegation of some 150 Muslim dignitaries went to Auschwitz to pay tribute to the millions of Jews and others who were killed there. The delegation which included people from Morocco, Jordan, Turkey and Iraq also had rabbis, Holocaust survivors, Christian representatives, and several European dignitaries including former German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder, was organized by UNESCO, the Paris City Hall along with a new anti-racism group, the Aladdin Project. “Muslims have to stand up with Jewish friends because in Europe, anti-Semitism is rising—and where there is anti-Semitism, Islamophobia is not far away,” said British Mufti Abduljalil Sajid. The visit and its intent may be far from revolutionary, nevertheless it represents something important especially given our polarized political climate.