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Seeking to Advance Muslim-Jewish Relations
Seeking to Advance Muslim-Jewish Relations: Selected Highlights
Seeking to Advance Muslim-Jewish Relations: Selected Highlights
The American Jewish Committee has demonstrated a profound commitment to enhancing relations between Jews and Muslims, a vital part of its fundamental dedication to the promotion of interreligious understanding in the United States and around the world. Rejecting the inevitability of a "clash of civilizations," AJC has instead insisted on the possibility of a "community of civilizations" by encouraging dialogue on the highest levels with like-minded groups committed to fostering tolerance and cooperation. In so doing, we have achieved a number of breakthroughs in this vital arena.
Political and diplomatic outreach to Arab and Muslim leaders
AJC has traveled extensively in the Muslim world - from Morocco to Mauritania, through the Middle East and the Gulf states, to Indonesia. We have met with scores of Muslim leaders, including top officials of Egypt, Turkey, Jordan, Tunisia, Bosnia, Kuwait, Qatar, Malaysia, and Indonesia, to discuss topics ranging from relations with Israel and the United States to the promotion of international Muslim-Jewish dialogue.
Reaching out to Muslim communities in the United States
Several chapters have also visited Muslim countries to learn about their traditions and cultures and to help represent American Jewish viewpoints. Timeline
1985-1986 Condemning scapegoating
In a public statement, AJC executive director David Gordis condemns the singling out and defamation of any group within America. "Violence has no place in the American body politic, no matter what the political cause. The rule of law must protect the Constitutional right of free expression for all Americans, whatever their beliefs or opinions."
AJC meets with FBI director William Webster, urging vigorous steps to identify and prosecute those responsible for the attacks and endorsing better protection of Arab-American organizations by law enforcement officials in the face of threats. In tandem with a coalition of ethnic and religious organizations, AJC also publishes expressions of concern in an ad in The New York Times.
On July 16, 1986, AJC takes the issue to the Subcommittee on Criminal Justice of the U.S. House of Representatives, where it submits testimony on the subject of ethnically motivated attacks against Arab-Americans. AJC advocates for the importance of local legislation on hate crimes and the development of standardized local and national statistics.
1991 Condemning scapegoating
1992-1995 Urging action in Bosnia
In a series of letters and public statements from 1992 to 1995 and in numerous meetings with U.S. and foreign officials, AJC urges NATO intervention in Yugoslavia in order to prevent further mass killing of Bosnian Muslims and help bring an end to the continued violence in the region.
In an "Open Letter to World Leaders," AJC and two sister agencies lament the "the existence of Serbian death camps in which humans, forcibly incarcerated because of their ethnicity, are once again being systematically slaughtered" and urge the United States and the international community to act without delay.
AJC's Jacob Blaustein Institute for the Advancement of Human Rights (JBI) plays a vital role in strengthening the human rights voice within the international community. In 1993, JBI director Felice Gaer leads a fact-finding mission to the region to document ethnic cleansing and related human rights abuses, including importantly sexual violence against women. In the following year, Gaer travels with the United Nations Association to assess official UN peacekeeping efforts in all parts of the area. JBI works extensively with the UN to ensure that those who perpetrated crimes in the former Yugoslavia be brought to justice and to help educate the public on the complex legal and ethical issues involved in this historic endeavor. Its involvement with the UN War Crimes Tribunal dealing with Bosnia and neighboring countries extends to this day.
AJC helps to build and set the agendas of a number of powerful coalitions around the issue of Bosnia. From 1993-1995, AJC and JBI issue numerous letters and statements with coalitions of diverse major religious and human rights organizations, laying out specific proposals for action.
1993 Condemning scapegoating
1993 Expressing solidarity with Muslim victims of hate in
"I am neither a Turk nor a German nor a Muslim, but an American Jew profoundly concerned with the evil of crimes inspired by hatred based on so-called 'differentness' or 'otherness' wherever they may occur," says Harris in his public comments. "I stand with you today on behalf of the American Jewish Committee…. As we are taught in Judaism, we are all - all of us - created in God's image."
1993 Promoting Muslim-Jewish understanding in the United States
"It is time for Muslims and Jews alike to speak out boldly and honestly to each other, to come to know and understand each other as people and not as spiritual abstractions," says Rabbi A. James Rudin, AJC interreligious director, at the conference.
1994 Promoting Muslim-Jewish understanding in the United States
[A third national conference, however, is cancelled when irreconcilable differences emerge over a spate of deadly terrorist attacks against Israeli targets.]
1995 Condemning scapegoating
1995 Forging contacts with the Muslim world
In 1995, AJC also becomes the first American Jewish group to visit the moderate Arab states of Oman, Qatar, and Bahrain and encourage the growing dialogue with the West.
Jason Isaacson, director of AJC's Office of Government and International Affairs, maintains close, ongoing contact with high-level members of the government of these and other moderate Arab and Muslim states.
1995-present Engaging in dialogue with Muslim influentials
1996 Aiding Muslim refugees
1996-2000 Forging contacts with the Muslim world
1999 Promoting Muslim-Jewish understanding in the United States
1999 Aiding Muslims in Kosovo
AJC publicly supports NATO's action against Serbian troops as a necessary last means of defending Albanian Muslims persecuted in Kosovo. In ads in The New York Times, International Herald Tribune, and New Republic, AJC states: "With determination and courage, NATO weighed the difficult choices and chose to act - because it was right, because the alternative would give tyrants a green light to terrorize civilian populations and destroy the fabric of international order."
1999 Forging contact between Israel and the Muslim world
Due to its high standing and legitimacy in the Muslim world, AJC is able to arrange the first-ever meetings between the Israeli and Malaysian and Israeli and Tunisian foreign ministers. (Israel does not have formal relations or contacts with either of these countries.) Not infrequently, AJC has served to help facilitate communication between Muslim nations and Israel or Jewish leaders.
1999 Providing Turkish earthquake relief
"We, the Jewish people, have chosen to stand with you, our friends, in your darkest hours, just as you have chosen to stand with us on more than one difficult occasion in our own history," says Harris. "We have chosen to be friends, not only on the nice days but on the rainy days as well."
2000 Forging contacts with the Muslim world
2001 Promoting Muslim-Jewish understanding
The second book, by Muslim scholar Khalid Duran, subtitled An Introduction to Islam for Jews, seeks to enhance Jewish understanding of Islam.
The books are praised by many experts in the field, including the Crown Prince of Jordan, who calls it "a courageous initiative to promote understanding, wisdom and brotherhood between the Jewish and Muslim communities in the land, which is holy to both of them - and around the world."
2001 Advancing Muslim-Jewish Relations in Germany
AJC's Berlin Office hosts a pathbreaking meeting with Turkish politicians and leaders of major national Turkish social and religious organizations in Germany to discuss common challenges of the Turkish and Jewish communities.
2001 Condemning scapegoating
The statement reads: "The catastrophic terror inflicted on American soil must not become an occasion for stereotyping or scapegoating.
"Jewish history makes us painfully aware that, too often, times of crisis provide opportunities for expressions of bigotry.
"An entire people or religion should never be implicated because of the heinous crimes committed by some of its members. We call on all Americans of goodwill to denounce any form of ethnic, racial or religious intolerance and reaffirm the American spirit of pluralism and openness."
Compiled by Rebecca Neuwirth, October 11, 2001
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Statement by the American Jewish Committee on Kosovo
Canadian Jewish Council condemns and deplores tragedy in Kosovo
Reform Jewish Organization backs Clinton, NATO on Kosovo Airstrikes
JCPA Reaffirms Strong Support for Military Intervention in Kosovo
Anti-Defamation League Commends American Leadership in Kosovo
[Jewish] Orthodox Union Outraged by Murders in Kosovo
Were there any Jews who were against NATO's bombing of an innocent people and what difference would they have made against an overwhelming majority? In 1933 14,000,000 Jews world-wide declared a war on 100,000,000 Germans on behalf of 600,000 German Jews. Did Hitler have any other choice? Think about it.
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