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MJC 2010 - Conference Report

MJC 2010 - Conference Report

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Published by Gulraiz Khan
The official conference report for Muslim Jewish Conference 2012, held in Vienna.
The official conference report for Muslim Jewish Conference 2012, held in Vienna.

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M
USLIM
J
EWISH
C
ONFERENCE
2010O
FFICIAL
C
ONFERENCE
EPORT
Vienna, AustriaAugust 1-6, 2010
 
O
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ONFERENCE 
R
 EPORT 
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:
I. T
HE
M
USLIM
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EWISH
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II. T
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IN
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ETAIL
1) A
IMS
 
AND
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XPECTATIONS
 2) C
ONFERENCE
D
ETAILS
3) T
OPICS
& C
OMMITTEES
3.1 S
UGGESTIONS
 
FOR 
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CTION
4) T
HE
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5) G
UEST
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PEAKERS
5.1 S
PEAKERS
 
IN
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ETAIL
6) S
OCIAL
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VENTS
7) P
ARTICIPANTS
8) P
ATRONAGE
& O
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 NDORSEMENTS
& H
ONORARY
C
OMMITTEE
9) M
EDIA
C
OVERAGE
10) R 
ESUME
 
BY
P
ARTICIPANTS
III.
C
ONCLUSION
IV.
A
PPENDIX
/ P
HOTOS
 
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USLIM
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In recent times, most Jewish and Muslim youth have not had constructive contactwith each other. As a result, their opinions and perspectives of one another are largely based on stereotypes and prejudices dispersed by both the media and society. There isconsiderable lack of motivation in recognizing and understanding the wishes, fears, problems, and hopes of their communities. For almost twenty years, internationalsimulations and conferences, led by and involving young participants, have createdinnovative models for initiating successful cooperation between various institutionsthroughout the world. From our experience attending these conferences andwitnessing their success, we believe that initiatives that foster these types of encounters are an effective way to build relationships and break down stereotypes. Weare strongly convinced that young individuals around the world possess a moreglobally-minded mentality, and therefore would support multi-cultural and multi-religious dialogue. By offering a safe forum for discussion, our hope was to extend beyond the closed-minded stereotypes that inhibit interaction, and create anatmosphere for Muslims and Jews to work together to strengthen their relationship inthe face of many obstacles and challenges that lie in the way.Our collective faith has no name, but is expressed in our belief that peacefulcoexistence is possible. Although we don’t expect there to be an easy and fast solutionfor complex problems such as the armed conflicts in the Middle East, we feeldetermined to focus our efforts on improving the lack of communication betweenMuslims and Jews throughout the world. We acknowledge that our strategy will onlyyield results in the long-term, but our hope is that we can shift the dominant attitudes prevalent in both communities towards mutual respect and appreciation.In order to accomplish this goal, we collaboratively organized a Muslim JewishConference in August 2010. We envision this conference to serve as a platform for youth-driven dialogue with the aim of bringing people together and scientificallycontributing to a decline of stereotypes and prejudices.As young activists, aware of each other’s faith, we refuse to inherit a reality of conflict. Having produced a lengthy declaration of ideas and recommendations at our conference, we called upon religious, social and political leaders to act in both, their  personal and a collective capacity to promote debate which is respectful, nuanced and productive. Recognizing that religious rhetoric is often used to inflame conflicts,religious leaders bear a special responsibility in facilitating peace- spreading, rather than fostering incitement. We furthermore urge our fellow “young generation” “to pursue dialogue between the communities, and to seize the momentum that wascreated by this first annual Muslim Jewish Conference.The Muslim Jewish Conference and its supporters are determined to continueestablishing a new language of respect, to keep working productively to create jointapproaches to difficult issues and to remain viable as a platform linking together thosewho seek to make a difference.
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USLIM
J
EWISH
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ONFERENCE
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