FFEU in the News 2015


US Jewish groups condemn professor’s use of yellow stars to fight Islamophobia


"The Holocaust is a distinct tragedy. No other genocide spoke of a final solution and it should not be used as a comparative calamity," commented by Rabbi Marc Schneier, the founder of the Foundation for Ethnic Understanding, a group focused on Muslim-Jewish dialogue.

Russell Simmons Addresses Open Letter to Donald Trump With NewsOne Now


Despite a friendship that spans three decades, the entertainment mogul is denouncing Trump's bigoted views.

Russell Simmons, a longtime friend of presidential hopeful Donald Trump, joined Roland Martin on NewsOne Now to discuss an open letter he wrote denouncing the Republican’s anti-Muslim comments.

To My Old Friend Donald Trump, Stop The Bullsh*t by Russell Simmons


Over 30 plus years you have been an amazing friend; endorsing my books, coming to my shows, flying me on your planes, your helicopters, and even allowing my family members and myself to stay in your house in Florida many times. So, it kinda pains me to know that my public statements about your candidacy have strained or ruined our friendship. However, the fact is, what’s at stake is bigger than us.

British chief rabbi supports teaching Islam in Jewish schools


Britain's chief rabbi has called on the country's Jewish schools to amend their curricula to include Islamic studies in order to be able to comply with new educational guidelines being put in place by the government.

European Muslims Face Backlash Over Attacks


Following the Paris attacks, President Obama challenged Muslim populations to step up in the fight against extremism. But why does extremism develop more in Europe than America? What dynamics are in play and how can communities push back?

Even After San Bernardino, Muslim Advocacy Group Gets Cold Shoulder From Jews


Recent events and the rise of Islamophobic rhetoric in America, may signal a new willingness among some in the Jewish community to reexamine their approach toward CAIR (Council on American-Islamic Relations, an organization that has emerged as the most prominent voice of American Muslims fighting Islamophobia and calling for multi-faith tolerance).

Anti-Refugee Backlash Grows In The US


After the Paris terror attacks, references to Japanese internment and calls to round up Syrian refugees are already here.

In the Wake of Paris Terror Attacks, Fight ISIS and Strengthen Ties With Mainstream Muslims


Let Muslims, Jews, Christians and people of all faiths and none, step forward together and declare, as the proud French people are doing in the wake of these horrendous terror attacks; 'Nous Sommes Unis', (We are United). Let us declare also as participants in the Season of Twinning are doing in cities around the world; 'We Refuse To Be Enemies'. 

After Paris Attacks, Some Fear Backlash Against Muslim Communities


NPR's Scott Simon speaks with Samia Hathroubi, European director of the Foundation for Ethnic Understanding, about what conversations in Muslim Parisian communities may sound like in the coming days.

Israel’s Chief Rabbi Says Falsehoods Are Fuel for the Latest Violence


Chief Rabbi of Israel, David Lau, met and conversed warmly with a distinguished delegation of imams and Muslim leaders from New York and New Jersey.


Yom Kippur, Eid al-Adha: Common Faith, Common Fate


FFEU President Rabbi Marc Schneier invites as many Jews and Muslims as possible to take a few moments during our separate holiday observances to think about our brothers and sisters of the other faith, and pray for their happiness and well-being.

President Ilham Aliyev receives Chairman of US-based Foundation for Ethnic Understanding


Baku - APA. President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev has received Chairman of the US-based Foundation for Ethnic Understanding Rabbi Marc Schneier.

EU rights conference to give equal billing to anti-Semitism, anti-Muslim hatred


"This is an opportunity for Jews and Muslims to recognize that we share both a common faith and a common fate," remarked Rabbi Marc Schneier

Interview with Samia Hathroubi, french activist for human rights


Enar Foundation a rencontré Louis-Georges Tin, président du Cran, le Conseil Représentatif des Associations Noires.

Radical Reformer


The French Muslim woman leading the charge to bring Muslims and Jews together against religious intolerance

Activist: Attacks upped Muslim-Jewish unity


Terrorism in Europe has served as an unlikely boon for Muslim-Jewish relations, according to Samia Hathroubi, the Paris-based European coordinator for the Foundation for Ethnic Understanding.

French Muslim Activist Laments Lack of Pluralism


Interfaith activist Samia Hathroubi: "I can bring you hundreds of moderate Muslims. I am not an exception."

ANALYSIS: Can Paris succeed in reforming the 'Islam of France'?


Hathroubi, an expert on Islam in France struggled to hide her skepticism:: "He [Valls] might have a point regarding the reform of the imam issue, except that France continues signing agreements with North African countries and Turkey to bring imams [to France]."

European Interfaith leaders in 'utter condemnation' of Denmark violence


European Interfaith leaders have united to condemn the twin Copenhagen attacks which left two murdered.

Killing of three Muslims in North Carolina sparks social media outrage


"The fear is very real in Muslim communities, when they see so many messages presenting Muslims as 'the other' and somehow sinister, therefore not real Americans," Ruby told the Star. "And clearly today some people are interpreting what happened in Chapel Hill as the real-world consequences."

#JeSuisNous, une initiative pour valoriser la présence musulmane en France


Professeur d'histoire, Samia Hathroubi, également dans l'équipe de #JeSuisNous, explique combien il est difficile pour les musulmans de France de gagner une opinion publique positive quand médias et politiques tiennent continuellement un discours négatif.

Islamic radicalism poses dilemma for Jews in interfaith dialogue


After the deadly terrorist attacks in Paris last month, Kari Alterman heard from every one of her Detroit-area Muslim dialogue partners, all of them calling to express their sadness and concern.


Azerbaijani minister of culture and tourism holds several meetings in New York


As part of the visit, Mr. Garayev also met with Rabbi Marc Schneier, President of the Foundation for Ethnic Understanding. He spoke about Azerbaijan's ethnic diversity and traditions of tolerance, emphasizing President Ilham Aliyev's attention to various ethnic minorities, especially to the Jewish community in the country.

Rivlin addresses UN at Holocaust memorial


Rabbi Marc Schneier, the president of the Foundation for Ethnic Understanding, an interreligious organization that strives to promote dialogue between Muslims and Jews, told the Post that Rivlin's speech was a call for Jews to "reach out to the Muslim community and invite their participation... in combating Holocaust denial and anti-Semitism."

The Saudi King and the American Rabbi


Rabbi Marc Schneier spoke with Ynet about his unique relation with Saudi King Abdullah, who he says was a trailblazer in Jewish-Muslim interfaith dialogue and committed to peace, not just between Israel and Palestinians, but in the entire region.

LISTEN: Paris Attacks Refocus Attention On Homegrown Terrorist Threats


All across Europe, there's new attention to homegrown terrorism. Thousands of Europeans have traveled to Syria to fight. The concern is that when they return, they aren't back to resume their lives, but, instead, are dispatched by al-Qaida or the so-called Islamic State to attack the West. NPR's Dina Temple-Raston traveled to Paris to report on this phenomenon. And today, she looks at how serious the threat really is and what counterterrorism officials can do about it.

Don't Write Off France Just Yet


As an American and as a Jewish woman who has lived in France and spent time with its wonderful Jewish community, the events of last week hit particularly close to home. As I scoured my Facebook page Wednesday and Thursday, looking for updates from friends and colleagues, my blood ran cold as one horrific report followed another.

March Against Terror Is France's 'Biggest Demo'


More than a million people have marched through Paris in a show of defiance and unity in the wake of three days of terror that left 17 people dead. Watch last video for Muslim-Jewish delegation in march.

Paris, une manifestation historique #CharlieHebdo


Des slogans reviennent, comme un cri de ralliement: vive le vivre ensemble , le Français est tissu de migrations, même pas peur, je suis tout le monde, nous sommes Charlie et tous les autres. Des exemplaires de Charlie hebdo sont présentés sous la forme de rouleaux sacrés, comme un ultime hommage facétieux au féroce esprit antireligieux du journal satirique.

Charlie Hebdo attack: A turning point for Islamophobia in France?


The Charlie Hebdo massacre in Paris on Wednesday and the consequent chain of events are likely to stir a new wave of Islamophobic sentiment in France, experts and rights activists told Al Arabiya News.

French Muslims fear surge of Islamophobia after Charlie Hebdo attack


She's a 26-year-old mother of two who wears a hijab. And on Wednesday afternoon, picking up one of her daughters from swimming practice in the 19th arrondissement in the northeastern neighborhoods of Paris, she had a chilling experience.

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