Confronting anti-Semitism and Islamophobia

As part of its ongoing project on confronting anti-Semitism and Islamophobia, for the second year the Foundation held a joint project with London Enterprise Academy, Tower Hamlets. 120 students as well as faculty members attended the project in two separate sessions.

Rabbi David Lister, senior Orthodox rabbi of Edgware synagogue spoke about friendship between Jews and Muslims in Britain as well as similarities of language and shard prophets in Judaism and Islam. It was followed by an enthusiastic Q & A.

Since the project was on the day after the Holocaust Memorial day, Mehri Niknam led an interactive session about similarities of some of the causes which led to the genocide of the Muslims in Srebrenica and the Jewish people in the Holocaust. She talked about how to develop greater awareness of hate speech and religious hatred, and how to combat them.

She spoke about the need to learn the lessons from the Holocaust and Srebrenica to tackle hatred and prejudice wherever we come across it. She said we must think about how prejudice and misinformation can be confronted in daily life whether in the press, the media or by individuals and group. We must not stand by and say “what is the government doing about it?” but to ask ourselves what am I doing to stand up against it? What practical steps each one of us can take to prevent hate crime and religious hatred by challenging prejudice? What practical steps individually or communally can we take to help those who are at the receiving end of such prejudices?

Finally she spoke about how the Foundation’s project to learn lessons of the Holocaust and Srebrenica works with schools to teach these lessons to young people.

The cooperation between the school and the foundation is ongoing.

confrontingAntisemitismAndIslamophobia001 Rabbi David Lister and the students
confrontingAntisemitismAndIslamophobia002 Rabbi David Lister with the head teacher, faculty, and Mehri Niknam