FFEU promotes its mission of racial and religious conversation, cooperation, and reconciliation through working with international leaders. In meeting with policy makers, we stand up against Islamophobia and Anti-Semitism and expand our message across borders and bring Muslim-Jewish dialogue to another level.
In 2017, The Foundation for Ethnic Understanding will be facilitating a new conversation between American evangelical leaders and Muslim leaders from the United States and from Muslim countries. The aim is to strengthen Muslim-Evangelical relations because stereotypes have often shaped the perception of Muslims in the American Evangelical community.
During Azerbaijan Foreign Minister Elmar Mammadyarov visit to New York, FFEU seized the opportunity to host a breakfast meeting with American evangelicals to raise awareness about Azerbaijan’s outstanding role in promoting religious freedom and harmony on its territory and at the international level through the Baku process. In attendance were Ambassador of Azerbaijan to the U.S., H.E. Elin Suleymanov, Ambassador of Azerbaijan to the U.N., H.E. Yashar Alieyv, and Ambassador Ilgar Mukhtarov, former Ambassador of Azerbaijan to Mexico, and an outstanding delegation of 15 American Evangelical leaders led by Eagles' Wings Founder Bishop Robert Stearns.
Rabbi Marc Schneier welcomed the participants and described to them why Azerbaijan was such a remarkable model of tolerance. Rabbi Schneier stated that Azerbaijan is a beacon in the Muslim world. A Muslim-majority country, sharing borders with Iran and Russia, that not only protects the religious freedom of its Jewish and Christian communities but also promotes intercultural dialogue at the international level through the Baku process.
In his comments, Bishop Robert Stearns noted that Evangelicals had no idea about Azerbaijan's model and that they wished to work closer with the two other Abrahamic faiths, Jews and Muslims.
Finally, the delegation of Evangelical leaders vowed to continue this dialogue through FFEU and the Embassy of Azerbaijan in Washington D.C. and explore the opportunity to implement cultural exchange programs between the U.S. and Azerbaijan. Rabbi Marc Schneier concluded that this meeting was the first of a series of other gatherings to deepening the relationship and learn more about Azerbaijan.
FFEU Hopes to See Israeli and Palestinian Contestants in the Qatar 2022 World Cup
May 25, 2017
FFEU President Rabbi Marc Schneier and H.E. Hassan Al Thawadi, Secretary General of the Qatar 2022 World Cup Supreme Committee, met on May 8, 2017 in Manama, Bahrain, before the FIFA Council meeting. They discussed about the Qatar World Cup 2022 and the plan to offer a platform for Palestinian and Israeli athletes.
The New Path to Israeli-Palestinian Peace
February 10, 2017
On February 10, 2017 the New York Times published the article "U.S. May Turn To Arab Allies For Israel Plan" stating that the U.S. administration now considers that the road for achieving Israeli-Palestinian Peace leads to Arab States capitals, including Riyadh. A year ago, after his private meeting with the King of Bahrain, H.M. King Hamad Bin Isa Al Khalifa, FFEU President Rabbi Marc Schneier was urging Benjamin Netanyahu, Prime Minister of Israel, to go to Saudi Arabia, calling for officially deepening the relations with the Gulf States and considering the 2002 Arab Peace Initiative as a concrete solution to end the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Read more about Rabbi's interview by the Jewish Telegraphic Agency HERE.
On January 15, 2017, FFEU Executive Director Chris Sacarabany and Oak Digital Principal Amit Anthony Khera met H.E. Omar Saif Ghobash at the Mark Hotel. Omar Ghobash is the United Arab Emirates Ambassador to Russia, and has recently authored the book Letters to a Young Muslim. They spoke about the Ambassador's commitment to engage with young Muslims and fight extremism and radicalization. They also discussed FFEU's programs to take action against anti-Muslim bigotry, including the Muslims Are Speaking Out Campaign.
Click HERE to read H.E. Omar Saif Ghobash's interview in the Guardian.
Click HERE to purchase H.E. Omar Saif Ghobash's book Letters to a Young Muslim.
Oak Digital Principal Amit Khera, H.E. Omar Saif Ghobash, UAE Ambassador to Russia, and FFEU Executive Director Chris Sacarabany at The Mark Hotel, in NYC, last January 15th.
March 23, 2016
FFEU leadership and Hon. Tony Blair, Former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom and President of the Tony Blair Faith Foundation discussed the rise of Islamophobia in Europe and a joint initiative to tackle this scourge.
On March 16, 2016, the Foundation for Ethnic Understanding held a gathering of notable Muslim and Jewish leaders in Washington, DC to express support for the Republic of Azerbaijan, a predominantly Muslim country that has been successfully implementing a two-state solution and fostering a unique relationship with Israel.