Israel & EU work to make Holocaust education relatable to Muslims
I-24 NEWS – Representatives from the European Union and Israel met on Tuesday in Jerusalem for a seminar on fighting racism, including a discussion on making Holocaust education accessible to Muslim students, the Jerusalem Post reports.
The central focus of the 10th EU-Israel Seminar on Combating Racism, Xenophobia, and Anti-Semitism was fighting anti-Semitism via education and online platforms, according to the report.
As concern mounts over rising anti-Semitism around the world, including the Mideast and Europe, the conference discussed ways to make concrete the lessons of the Holocaust.
To this end, a presentation was given on the suffering of North African Jews during the Second World War and on making the Holocaust relevant for immigrants in Europe.
To this end, participants discussed ideas like giving renewed focus to conditions in North African countries, such as Tunisia and Libya, during the war, delegation members told the Jerusalem Post.
“It makes it difficult to be a Holocaust denier if there was a Nazi occupation of your own country and if you were also victims,” Katharina von Schnurbein, European Union coordinator on combating antisemitism, told the newspaper.
“We thought Israel could offer something useful by showing various facets of how the Shoah is taught to Arab and Muslim populations here,”she said. “Israel faces some similar challenges to Europe – we want young Israeli Arabs to learn this history when it’s not a natural part of their narrative. Europe faces a similar situation – they want to teach them this history that they may feel alienated from, so by looking at it from this way, it creates a point of entry.”
Additionally, said von Schnurbein, educators should acknowledge current discrimination against Muslims, illustrating how some of the same principles on which anti-Semitism is based are also used to justify anti-Muslim discrimination.
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