Europe in 2017


Youth, Peace and Nordic Countries Panel in Helsinki, Finland

October 18, 2017

FFEU European Director Samia Hathroubi was a special guest speaker at the Youth, Peace and Nordic Countries to discuss Resolution 2250. On 9 December 2015, the United Nations Security Council adopted Resolution 2250 on Youth, Peace and Security, recognizing the contribution young people can make to prevent conflict and sustain peace.

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Along with the Swedish Ambassador in Helsinki and Ambassador Joachim Bergstrom, Spécial Envoy on Antisémitism and islamophobia, Samia Hathroubi talked about the importance of peace and social justice with reference to Martin Luther King's ideology. The program was organized by youth organizations and co-hosted by the Swedish Embassy in Finland.

FFEU long-time partner Qaisra Shahraz named as the Top Influential Woman in Manchester, UK Right Now

October 16, 2017

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The Foundation For Ethnic Understanding is proud of our long-time friend and supporter Qaisra Shahraz for being named as the top Influential Woman in Manchester, UK. FFEU and Faith Network 4 Manchester, which she Co-Chairs, have worked on numerous interfaith projects around the world that promote tolerance, peace and unity between different communities.

FFEU European Director Samia Hathroubi in Egypt for interfaith cooperation between Christians and Muslims

October 11, 2017

At the beginning of October, FFEU European Director Samia Hathroubi spent a week in Egypt with 200 young Christians from 22 countries (including Iraq, Lebanon, Egypt, and Ethiopia). The goal of this unique project was to discover Christian life in Muslim countries.

She gave a workshop on interfaith in Western countries and how Muslims should speak up for other minorities in the world. Her meeting with the Institute of Oriental and Islamic Studies and Professor Usama Nabil from Al Azhar were a unique opportunity to share the vision of FFEU in interfaith work.

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Fighting Anti-Semitism and Bigotry in Europe

On June 21, 2017, FFEU European Director Samia Hathroubi met with Dr. Mischa Thompson, Policy Advisor at the Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe, at the US Embassy in Helsinki. They discussed different human rights issues within the 57 States comprising the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE). Among them are Anti-Semitism, Anti-Muslim hatred and the groundbreaking inclusive initiatives FFEU has started in Europe.


On June 23rd to 24th, The Foundation For Ethnic Understanding-FFEU European Director Samia Hathroubi moderated the 16th General Assembly of ENAR, the first European Network Against Racism. She met with prominent European partners and coordinators on Islamophobia and Anti-Semitism to discuss Europe's efforts to foster better inclusion in the continent.

Muslims are: Challenging Stereotypes, Changing Perceptions

June 20, 2017

On October 2016, FFEU European Director Samia Hathroubi co-authored Muslims are: Challenging Stereotypes, Changing Perceptions with other prominent international human rights activists and scholars in Bratislava, Slovakia.

Click on the link to read the research regarding prejudices against Muslims in Europe:

Following the horrendous attack in Manchester Arena on May 22nd, 2017, FFEU's long-time partner, Faith Network 4 Manchester (FN4M), led a multi-faith rally and vigil at Albert Square and Manchester Town Hall to mourn the victims, but also to fight together against evil and to stand united for peace, freedom, tolerant and love. Attendees include Bob Day, Charles Kwaku-Odoi, Jonny Wineberg and Warren Elf. Attendees include Qaisra Shahraz and Rev. Charles Kwaku-Odoi, Co-chairs of FN4M, Jonny Wineberg, Warren Elf, Bob Day and Afzal Khan, Member of the European Parliament.

FFEU and the whole team extend our heartfelt prayers and love for all the great people of Manchester in this time of adversity and our deepest sympathies and condolences for all the victims. Our support will never falter to the great work you have achieved and will continue to do in creating a peaceful and tolerant world.

While Marine Le Pen remains present for the second round of the presidential elections in France, FFEU's European Director, Samia Hathroubi gave an interview to Al-Jazeera about the rise of Populism in France and other parts of the world. 

"We have seen hundreds of debates about Islam and identity, but apart from Marine Le Pen, no one is addressing the losers of globalization." Samia Hathroubi

Read the article here.

On April 13, FFEU President Rabbi Marc Schneier was invited to the Milan City Hall (Palazzo Marino in Piazza della Scala).

Rabbi Schneier and Imam Yahya Pallavicini, Vice President of COREIS, led a delegation composed by youth Muslim and Jewish representatives of COREIS and UGEI, and met with the Deputy Mayor, Mrs. Anna Scavuzzo. They discussed how Muslims and Jews are working together to promote peace in our society.

FFEU President Rabbi Marc Schneier and Deputy Mayor, Mrs. Anna Scavuzzo

On April 9, FFEU European Director Samia Hathroubi, was awarded the Marshall Prize for her ongoing work to foster inclusion. Samia is a Fellow of the The German Marshall Fund of the United States which is dedicated to strenghtening transatlantic relations.

Her dedication to train and empower youth and rising leaders from different backgrounds and faiths has been saluted by the one hundred participants of GMF's annual retreat in Saint Vincent, Italy, including diplomats, politicians and journalists.

Samia Hathroubi, a teacher in the suburbs of Paris and the European Director for the Foundation For Ethnic Understanding, spoke of inclusion and the need for dialogue between Muslims and Jews in Paris, at Women In The World New York Summit, this past April 6.

Watch the conversation with Zineb El Rhazoui, a Charlie Hebdo contributor, moderated by renowned Iraqi journalist Zainab Salbi HERE, and catch Samia's full Toyota interview HERE.

FFEU European Director Samia Hathroubi | A Voice For Women In The World

Apr 5, 2017

Samia Hathroubi, a teacher in the suburbs of Paris and the European Director for the Foundation For Ethnic Understanding, will be appearing at this year’s Women In The World New York Summit, April 5-7. Hear Samia's powerful words in this video.

FFEU European Director Promotes Sadaqa Tsadaka Project

March 27, 2017

On March 26, our European Program Director, Samia Hathroubi, led our annual program, Sadaqa Tsadaka Project, where young Jews and Muslims were welcomed by Rabbi Yann Boissière, at the Liberal Synagogue of Paris, for a day full of activities. The young Muslims, coming from the mosque of Sevran, took part in a didactic Seder of Pessah, and a workshop of calligraphy in Hebrew/Arabic. Next month, their Jewish counterpart will be invited to the Mosque of Sevran.

Bondy Blog (French media) was at the event - read their account of the event here.

FFEU European Director Samia Hathroubi Young Leadership Event In Brussels

March 14, 2017

This past weekend, March 11 and 12, FFEU's European Director Samia Hathroub spent two days of training and lectures at the Jewish Museum of Brussels, sharing her experiences in the Middle East with 20 young students and professionals from Belgium. Those young leaders, who have travelled to Auschwitz and will have a study visit to Israel and Palestine this Summer, will be great ambassadors of peace and inclusion for their country. This projet is a two year program launched by the city of Brussels to promote better understanding and empathy.

Interfaith Gathering In Oldham, England

March 14, 2017

On March 10, women of different faiths, Buddhist, Christian, Jewish, Hindu and Muslim, from Cheshire, Manchester and Wigan, attended a special gathering at Greenhill Academy in Oldham, England, as part of FFEU's Season Of Twinning and International Women's Day celebrations. It was organized by Qaisra Shahraz, a staunch partner of FFEU, international novelist & Co-Chair of Faith Network 4 Manchester, Najma Khalid, founder of Oldham's Women’s Chai Project, comedian Marilyn Berg of the Cheshire Synagogue, and May Yau, Chair of the Fo Guang Shan Buddhist temple in Manchester.

Read Qaisra's inspiring account of the events on our blog here


“Really proud & delighted at the success of our,‘Twinning’ event in Oldham with its strong promotion of messages of peace, unity and tolerance #SpreadHummusNotHate and celebration of women’s lives. Women thoroughly enjoyed themselves- with heaps of smiles.The event was indeed a delightful example of community cohesion. Wonderful to visit Greenhill Academy again. I used to teach English classes to women several years ago in this school. Wonderful work by host team!” Qaisra Shahraz.

"What a fabulous gathering. So many women, of different faiths, talking, eating, sharing stories, laughing together can only bring light and tolerance into the world. May this wonderful spirit of friendship be repeated throughout all the nations. A Rabbinic saying tells us that darkness cannot be driven away with a stick, we have to light a candle." Marilyn Berg.

FFEU's European Director Samia Hathroubi was a keynote speaker at the Women In The World event in Los Angeles, on March 7th. Watch the video here - at around minute 38, Samia is interviewed by Zainab Salbi, journalist, activist and social entrepreneur for the fight against Islamic extremism and how to stem the anti-Muslim tide in France. In this video, they discuss identity and the far right movement in France, terrorism, and how to build bridges between communities.