Centre français de culture et de coopération. Paris - March 27, 2009
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European and Muslim leaders come together to combat holocaust denial
and start a dialogue based on mutual understanding
Senior officials from Egypt, Morocco, Qatar, Tunisia, Bosnia, Turkey and Spain, nominated by their heads of state and governments, joined Senegalese president Abdoulaye Wade, the former French president Jacques Chirac, and other personalities from Europe and the Arab Muslim world at the inaugural conference on the Aladdin project.
Placed under the patronage of UNESCO, the ceremony marked the official debut of the Aladdin project, which aims to promote intercultural dialogue based on the rejection of holocaust denial and racism.
Aladdin is a non-governmental organization that brings together Muslims Jews and Christians and people from other cultures and religions in a common endeavor to achieve the following goals:
To wage a broad-based campaign against all forms of racism and xenophobia and discrimination
To repudiate distortion and perversion of history, as exemplified by Holocaust denial
To promote intercultural harmony through diffusion of knowledge and information.
Muslims, Jews and Christians come together to reject Holocaust denial and conflicts of memory, promote cross-cultural education and knowledge, and build a shared narrative of the past and common vision for the future.
The name Aladdin is shared in different forms by a number of languages and thus symbolizes a bridge between cultures and the light of knowledge. The continuing Israeli-Palestinian conflict has placed Jewish-Muslim relations at the heart of the Aladdin project motivated by the urgent need to address the increasingly dangerous mix of ignorance, bigotry, hate and propaganda thriving in the region. Jews and Muslims not only share contemporary experiences of discrimination, but also a common religious and historical base. The current antagonisms are not insurmountable.
In the short time since its launch, the Aladdin Project has established itself as a credible cross-cultural platform for free and open exchange of ideas with concrete projects.
The unprecedented level of support it has received from Muslims and non-Muslims alike give the Aladdin Project a real opportunity to contribute to conflict resolution through the spread of knowledge and promotion of mutual respect, with particular focus on the younger generations.
The Aladdin Project invites cooperation from all who yearn for a future of peace, justice and tolerance.