Rabbi Marc Schneier presents OSCE keynote address on Islamophobia
(WJC)–At the invitation of the Government of Kazakhstan, Rabbi Marc Schneier, Chairman of the WJC United States presented a keynote address on Islamophobia on 29 June at the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) Permanent Council’s Plenary in Astana. At OSCE, the world’s largest regional security forum with 56 participating members, Rabbi Schneier led the panel discussion on Islamophobia and was the first rabbi to ever address this subject at this prestigious forum.
“It is unfortunate that many individuals only association with the Islamic community is that of terrorism and other horrible acts of injustice and humanity,” said Rabbi Marc Schneier in accepting the OSCE’s invitation to provide a Jewish perspective on Islamophobia. “I believe it is very important for world leaders to know that Islamic terrorists do not speak or act on behalf of the world’s Muslims and that the overwhelming majority of Islamic followers are good human beings who are dedicated to building a stronger community for the future. I am honored to help spread this message of tolerance and understanding at this prestigious forum.”
Rabbi Schneier also met with Kazakhstan’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Kanat Saudabayez who praised the work of the WJC in reaching out to the Muslim world and building bridges of understanding.
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