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Tuesday, 10 July 2012

100 Jews and Muslims Gather for International Interfaith Conference

Muslim Jewish Conference

More than 100 young Jewish and Muslim leaders will meet for the third annual Muslim Jewish Conference (MJC) in Bratislava, Slovakia from 8th- 15th of July 2012. Participants hail from more than 35 countries, from as far away as Pakistan, Israel, Palestine, Libya, and the US. MJC participants will develop projects to tackle issues such as Islamophobia, anti-Semitism and misconceptions about the roles of women in Judaism and Islam.

MJC participants represent a select group of students and young professionals from an array of professional, civic and political fields. Among them include a group of young entrepreneurs who plan to develop joint business ventures and an artists' troupe which will collaborate on an interfaith art exhibit.

Young leaders at the MJC received a formal written greeting from former US President Bill Clinton. "A major focus of my Presidency was the pursuit of peaceful resolutions to ethnic and religious conflict…so it's especially wonderful to see a new generation determined to break down the barriers of ethnicity and religion that too often divide us," Clinton wrote.

The MJC is backed by Rabbi Andrew Baker, Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe Personal Representative on Combating Anti-Semitism; Sebastian Kurz, Austrian State Secretary for Integration; Andre Azoulay, Senior Advisor to King Mohammed VI of Morocco; Chief Rabbi David Rosen, long-term Liaison to Pope Johannes Paul II; Sally Painter, former Senior Advisor to President Clinton; Dr. Mustafa Ceric, Grand Mufti of Bosnia-Herzegovina; the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Austria and Slovakia; the City of Bratislava; the United Nations Alliance of Civilisations; the European Union of Jewish Students; the World Union of Jewish Students; Karl Kahane Foundation; and the Stanley and Marion Bergman Family Charitable Fund.

Muslim Jewish Conference Ilja Sichrovsky tel. +43-69911180218 press@mjconference.org http://www.mjconference.org
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